Democrats continue to engage in political gamesmanship, even though the country’s in the midst of an unprecedented national emergency — with the November election fast approaching and stuck with Joe Biden as their likely candidate, the party seeks every advantage it can get.
Faced with the far-reaching impact of the coronavirus, President Donald Trump and his administration have their hands full trying to deliver some relief to the American people as the U.S. remains largely shut down, and the last thing they need is more resistance from the Democratic Party.
But that’s precisely what Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., feels is a productive use of his time.
Schumer is reportedly planning to introduce a provision that would prevent Trump from placing his name on any future coronavirus stimulus checks, Politico reported.
Dubbed the “No PR Act,” Schumer’s ploy would be included in the next stimulus bill and would ensure no federal funding promotes the names or signatures of Trump or Vice President Mike Pence.
“Trump unfortunately appears to see the pandemic as just another opportunity to promote his own political interests,” he said in a statement to Politico. “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.”
Treasury Steven Mnuchin made it clear during an appearance last week on CNN it was his idea to put the president’s name on the $1,200 stimulus checks.
“As it relates to the president’s name on it, the president could have been authorized to sign the checks. That would have slowed things down,” he explained. “We didn’t want to do that. We did put the president’s name on the check. That was my idea.”
Mnuchin added, “He is the president and I think it’s a terrific symbol to the American public.”
Schumer repeated the myth that adding Trump’s name resulted in a delay.
“Delaying the release of stimulus checks so his signature could be added is a waste of time and money,” he added.
This was also dispelled by Mnuchin, although, in Schumer’s defense, perhaps he’s not aware of “direct deposit.”
“Well, let me just correct you and say the checks have not gone out yet,” the Treasury secretary told host Jake Tapper. “And the reason why the checks have not gone out, is we are hoping that more people, as I said, will go to IRS.gov. It’s much safer to send out direct deposits.”
A common theme seen in the reaction to the story is “priorities”… here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
— MsTexasRash⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@rash_jo) April 27, 2020
Thanks I can afford food now
— Goliah #WizardBastard (@doomgoliah) April 27, 2020
Our lives are at the mercy of these people and their pissing contest between each other
— Yusuf 🔥🌹 (@yusufneedsarest) April 27, 2020
Thanks, Chuck. How about putting some money onto some checks instead?
— My real name (@Awmyrealnameis1) April 27, 2020
Lol…of course that’s Chuckie’s priority.
— Patricia (@AuntieSnapple) April 27, 2020
Hey @SenSchumer please spend your time on something more valuable. Like more regular payments to struggling americans who cannot earn a paycheck right now
— DoingMyBest (@DoingMyBest2) April 27, 2020
Schumer always tackles the important issues. What a clown and plain to see why NY is a mess with him in Congress. How about no more government checks? And no bailout money for New York
— joe_eagle75 (@joez11315628) April 27, 2020
Yeah, that’s the most important thing. Get that name off there.
The welfare of the American people is the last thing on their minds.
Our two parties have been replaced by a criminal enterprise.
— Kevin Eamon Hunt (@eamon_hunt) April 27, 2020
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