Schumer to introduce ‘No PR Act’ to stop Trump from placing name on stimulus checks
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is planning to introduce legislation that would prevent President Trump from placing his name on any additional coronavirus stimulus checks.
The proposal, dubbed the No Politics in Pandemic Recovery Act, or No PR Act, would prohibit taxpayer money from being used for any “promotional activity” including Trump or Vice President Pence’s name, likeness or signature. Schumer is pushing for the provision to go in the next coronavirus stimulus package, Politico reported.
“Trump unfortunately appears to see the pandemic as just another opportunity to promote his own political interests,” Schumer said in a statement to The Hill. “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.”
“Delaying the release of stimulus checks so his signature could be added is a waste of time and money,” Schumer said.
Sen. Rony Wyden (Ore.), the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, has also called for more information on the Treasury Department’s decision.
He sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last week requesting “details about how you made this decision to benefit the president politically, which may delay delivery of critical funds to millions of Americans struggling to pay the rent and put food on the table.”
Congress last week passed a $484 billion aid bill granting more support for small businesses, hospitals and coronavirus testing. Democrats are aggressively advocating for more legislation that grants funding to states, though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has thus far pushed for moving “cautiously” on any new relief bill.
This report was updated at 12:03 p.m.
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