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Boyle Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to Break Protocol and Delay Checks

April 15, 2020
Press Release

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) released the following statement in response to the unprecedented decision to include President Trump’s signature on the stimulus checks, a decision that can delay the delivery of much needed relief to Americans in need due to the coronavirus. 
 
“When millions of Americans are suffering and facing financial uncertainty, it is appalling for the Trump Administration to continue to view this public health crisis as a political opportunity to help his campaign,” said Congressman Boyle. “A president’s name has never been on a government payment, and now is not the time to break standard procedure, leading to a potential delay of 4-6 weeks. The President’s decision to politicize this moment when Americans are depending on this immediate relief to provide food and other necessities is simply outrageous. We have a duty to serve the American people, not ourselves.”  
 
When President Trump first suggested this idea, Congressman Boyle sent a letter—co-signed by 22 lawmakers—to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to urge for a civil servant to sign the stimulus checks instead of potentially delaying it to fulfill President Trump’s request of having his own signature on each check.
 
This will be the first time a president’s name is included in a payment by the Internal Revenue Service as the protocol requires a civil servant from the Department of the Treasury to sign all paper checks. This protocol ensures that government payments are nonpartisan. 
 
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