Social media users have shared posts claiming that former US President Donald Trump’s signature will appear on the new stimulus checks because the Biden administration simply wanted the checks quickly. This claim is false: The Biden administration said US President Joe Biden’s signature won’t be on the checks because they want to produce them quickly, but the US Treasury Department confirmed Reuters Trump’s signature, which was previously stimulus checks was on when he was president will not be on the new stimulus checks either.
The posts (here, here, here) show a screenshot or the text of a tweet posted on March 13, 2021 (here), who says, “So Donald J. Trump’s signature is on the new stimulus checks… This is getting super weird now… The Biden administration’s excuse… “I just wanted to cash out the checks” “If alleged evidence links some social media users to an article by The DC Patriot (here), outlining the decision not to include Biden’s signature. It also says Trump’s signature was on the stimulus checks when he was president, but does not say it will be on the new stimulus checks.
The government is providing most Americans with $1,400 in direct payments as part of the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 pandemic emergency bill, one of the largest economic stimulus measures in U.S. history, signed into law on March 11, 2021 (here). ). The first tranche of $1,400 incentive payments was processed March 12, with additional large amounts of payments to be sent via direct deposits or through the mail as checks or debit cards in the coming weeks, officials of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service said (here) .
US Treasury Department spokeswoman Alexandra LaManna told Reuters by email: “Neither President Trump’s name nor his signature will be on the payments.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told a news conference on March 9 that Biden’s signature would not appear on this round of stimulus checks in the interest of speed: “We are doing everything we can to accelerate payments and not delay what is why the president’s name will not appear on the memo line of this round of stimulus checks.The checks are signed by a career official at the Bureau of the Tax Service.” (here).
Paper checks were delayed more than three weeks after changes were made to print then-President Trump’s name on the $1,200 electronic payments to taxpayers in April 2020 as part of the $2 CARES Act relief package. 3 trillion, signed March 27 (here). Neither Trump’s predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama, nor Republican George W. Bush before him put their names on stimulus checks during their White House tenure (here).
false. The US Treasury Department confirmed to Reuters that neither Trump’s name nor signature will appear on the stimulus checks. Biden’s signature will also not appear on the checks to speed up the process.
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