Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is moving quickly to propose a measure that would remove President Trump’s name on any future coronavirus relief checks, according to new report.
Politico is reporting Schumer wants to include the prohibition as part of a potential “Phase 4” stimulus package.
While it is not standard practice for the name of the president to appear on government checks, phase 3 of the stimulus checks had President Trump’s name on the left side on the memo line.
“We did put the president’s name on the check,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “That was my idea. He is the president, and I think it’s a terrific symbol to the American public.”
Schumer apparently does not think it is a terrific symbol.
“President Trump unfortunately appears to see the pandemic as just another opportunity to promote his own political interests,” said Schumer. “The No PR Act puts an end to the president’s exploitation of taxpayer money for promotional material that only benefits his re-election campaign.”
Citing no evidence of previous delay, Schumer claimed “delaying the release of stimulus checks so his signature could be added is a waste of time and money.”
The proposed provision would be named the “No PR Act.” It would ban using federal funds to promote President Trump or Vice President Pence’s names or signatures.
According to USA Today, Trump previously responded that he “didn’t know too much about” his name being added to the checks.