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Congressman Krishnamoorthi: The Treasury Department Must Reveal If The Trump Administration Is Delaying Americans’ Stimulus Checks In Order To Print The President's Name On Them

April 15, 2020
Press Release
“That stimulus check is not a building or a winery or a golf course to be branded for someone’s personal benefit. It’s not even just a check - it is a lifeline that might make the difference between getting by or not.”

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, which holds jurisdiction over the Treasury Department, issued the following statement in response to a report that the Treasury Department’s completely unprecedented decision to include the President’s name on stimulus checks could delay Americans receiving the payments:

“As families across the country struggle to make ends meet in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, it has now been reported that the IRS may be forced to delay sending Americans their checks due to the Treasury Department’s unprecedented decision to print the President’s name on them. No American president’s name has ever previously appeared on any IRS disbursement due to the lack of any requirement or legitimate purpose for their inclusion, but the Trump Administration is breaking this precedent while reportedly making Americans potentially wait longer for their checks so the President’s name can be printed on them.

“Millions of Americans across the country are waiting for their stimulus checks, many of them hoping to use that money to get by, to pay their rent or mortgage, and to keep food on the table during one of the most sudden and severe economic crises in American history. For those families, that stimulus check is not a building or a winery or a golf course to be branded for someone’s personal benefit. It’s not even just a check - it is a lifeline that might make the difference between getting by or not.

“In the face of the allegation that millions of families may receive their stimulus checks late in order to unnecessarily and unprecedentedly add the President’s name to them, the American people deserve answers. The Treasury Department must reveal if the Trump Administration is delaying Americans’ stimulus checks in order to print his name on them and who was party to the decision.”