- Unlike Donald Trump, President Joe Biden will not put his name on stimulus checks for $ 1,400
- “It’s not about him, it’s about the American people getting relief,” said the White House press secretary.
- The next round of checks will be signed by an official from the Office of the Fiscal Service of the Department of the Treasury
President Joe Biden will not attach his signature to aid checks for $ 1,400 that are expected to be mailed soon, a break from his predecessor, who last year printed the word “President Donald J. Trump” on payments of economic impact approved by Congress.
The next round of paper checks will be signed by a career official from the Treasury Department’s Office of Fiscal Service, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a briefing Tuesday.
The approval has not been seriously questioned, but the confidence of the leaders underscored the unity Democrats have shown during the effort.
A vote on that bill, which includes checks from most American households, is scheduled today.
House approval, four days after the Senate passed a modestly reworked version of the package, will ensure Biden’s most significant initial legislative achievement.
Psaki said the goal was to get the payments quickly rather than qualify them as coming from Biden.
“It’s not about him, it’s about the American people getting relief,” Psaki said.
Trump insisted last April, after more than $ 2 trillion in coronavirus aid was approved, that his name appear on $ 1,200 aid checks, a first for any president.
The real estate mogul and media personality plastered his name on skyscrapers, steaks, menswear, a board game, bottled water, vodka and a real estate training program he dubbed “Trump University.”
As the checks were handed out, the former president said, “I’m sure people will be very happy to get a big, fat, beautiful check and my name is on it.”
In addition to those checks, the blanket bill also extends emergency unemployment benefits through early September, rather than expiring on March 14.
It also includes huge amounts of money on COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments, while helping state and local governments, schools, and small businesses provide major extensions of tax breaks and programs for low- and middle-income families.
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Progressives suffered setbacks, most notably the Senate’s removal of a gradual increase in the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour by 2025.
But the measure carries so many Democratic priorities that final approval was not in doubt, despite the party’s narrow 10-vote majority in the party’s House of Representatives.
“There will be no problem” with the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, told reporters Tuesday.
Rep. James Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina, the No. 3 leader of the House of Representatives and his party’s top vote counter, was even more accurate.
He noted that Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader, one of two Democrats who opposed an initial version of the bill that the House passed last month, has said he will support it now because it provides “vital” help to many people.
“We lost two the first time,” Clyburn said. “I think at least we have cut it in half.”
The only other Democrat who opposed the measure last month was Maine Rep. Jared Golden.
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