‘This Fulfills a Promise I Made to You’: COVID Relief Letters from POTUS Arriving in Mailboxes
Letters signed by President Joe Biden have begun to go out notifying Americans of their direct payments under the administration’s American Rescue Plan that was signed last month.
Under the package, which passed along strict party lines in early March, Congress mandates that the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Treasury, “shall provide such taxpayer with a written notice which includes the taxpayer’s taxpayer identity…the aggregate amount of such payments made to such taxpayer during such calendar year, and such other information as the Secretary determines appropriate.”
There is no requirement, however, that the President sign said written notice, which was a point of contention last year when Donald Trump held up the printing of stimulus checks to have his signature added.
Asked upon passage of the administration’s Covid package, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden’s signature would not appear on relief checks.
the fear this envelope gave me… all for a vanity letter. pic.twitter.com/UHJI6MbUOA
— beth (@bethbourdon) May 1, 2021
The letter reads, in part: “My fellow American, On March 11, 2021, I signed into law the American Rescue Plan, a law that will help vaccinate America and deliver immediate economic relief to hundreds of millions of Americans, including you,” the IRS letter, which was sent in both English and Spanish, reads. “This fulfills a promise I made to you, and will help get millions of Americans through this crisis.”
Did anyone else get a letter from Biden about the next stimulus or am I just special ah
— Stephanie✨ (@Phaniee_07) May 2, 2021
“This is not about him (the President),” Psaki told reporters in March. “This is about the American people getting relief, almost 160 million of them.”
I was annoyed that the government spent money sending me a letter from Joe Biden about my last stimulus payment.
But if they were going to do it, it should have said "And, remember, not a single Republican wanted you to have this."
— The Nicest Boy on this Website and App (@bikivindaloo) May 1, 2021
The latest batch of third stimulus checks sent 2 million more payments. To see if you qualify, you can use the IRS’s Get My Payment tracker.