Treasury Department Delays Stimulus Checks So That Trump’s Name Can Be Printed On Them
The United States Treasury Department will be sending stimulus checks to bolster the economy since so many people are out of work due to the coronavirus shutdown. However, the checks will now be delayed so that President Donald Trump’s name can be printed on each check.
A report from the Washington Post says of the move:
“The Treasury Department has ordered President Trump’s name be printed on stimulus checks the Internal Revenue Service is rushing to send to tens of millions of Americans, a process that is expected to slow their delivery by several days, senior agency officials said.”
The Washington Post said that the decision became official on Monday, and the Internal Revenue Service will have to delay the relief so many Americans are waiting on in order to comply with the order.
This particular piece of protocol is a first. Presidents generally do not sign checks to the American public, because it is not actually their money. No official reason has been given for this move that will clearly delay the bolstering of the United States economy.
The report goes on to say:
“The unprecedented decision, finalized late Monday, means that when recipients open the $1,200 paper checks the IRS is scheduled to begin sending to 70 million Americans in coming days, “President Donald J. Trump” will appear on the left side of the payment.
It will be the first time a president’s signature appears on an IRS disbursement, whether a routine refund or one of the handful of checks the government has issued to taxpayers in recent decades either to stimulate a down economy or share the dividends of a strong one.
While some people receiving the checks — the centerpiece of the U.S. government’s economic relief package to stave of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic — may not care, or observe, whose name appears on them, the decision is another sign of Trump’s effort to cast his response to the pandemic in political terms.”
While this decision has been finalized, there is no official date set for Americans to receive the relief of the stimulus checks.