Trump Holdovers Delaying Stimulus Checks for 30 Million Americans

The Internal Revenue Service has pushed back the income tax filing deadline from April 15 to May 17 this year in part to free up agency resources to process and deliver the third round of coronavirus pandemic relief payments engineered by President Joe Biden. More than 90 million payments of $1,400 in direct deposits, paper checks and debit cards have been made.

It’s come to light this week, however, that some 30 million Americans who need the money the most – senior citizens, veterans and the disabled – still have not received their payments. Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee say the reason is that holdovers from the Trump administration at the Social Security Administration have not forwarded the necessary information to the IRS in order to trigger the payments.

Reps. Richard Neal, John Larson, Bill Pascrell and Danny Davis wrote to the heads of both agencies on Wednesday demanding that SSA Commissioner Andrew M. Saul provide the payment information to the IRS immediately and provide them with an update by Friday. The letter states in part, “We are aware that the IRS asked SSA to start sending payment files two weeks before the American Rescue Plan became law on March 11, 2021. As of today, SSA still has not provided the IRS with the payment files that are needed to issue EIPs (economic impact payments) to these struggling Americans.”

Pascrell made his frustration known on Twitter as well, writing, “We are giving the trump-appointed heads of the Social Security Administration 24 hours to get off their backsides and stop delaying sending stimulus checks to 30,000,000 Americans.”

This is not the first time the New Jersey Democrat has complained about Saul and Deputy Commissioner David Black, who also is a Trump appointee. In early March Pascrell wrote to President Joe Biden urging him to fire the two because a number of actions that are taking that he says are damaging the agency’s ability to serve the public.

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