Trump Reportedly Wants to Make Sure His Signature Is on the Coronavirus Stimulus Checks

Gabrielle Bruney

From Esquire

On Friday, President Trump signed a $2.2 trillion Covid-19 relief package, the largest economic relief bill in American history, into law. It passed with a unanimous vote in the Senate, and even with the late-in-the-day theatrics from Rep. Thomas Massie, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi noted that the measure passed "practically unanimously" in that body as well. But despite the bipartisan nature of the emergency package, the Wall Street Journal reports that the president wants to inject a truly Trumpian measure: He'd like Americans to see his signature on the stimulus checks they receive.

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According to the WSJ, an anonymous Trump administration official reported that the president "has told people he wants his signature to appear on the direct payment checks that will go out to many Americans in the coming weeks." This isn't the standard procedure—normally, the signature of the payment center's disbursing officer would appear on the checks.

The relief bill includes a temporary augmentation of unemployment benefits, assistance for small businesses and big industry, as well as aid for local governments, hospitals, and schools. It also includes one-time checks of $1,200 to adults who have Social Security numbers and adjusted gross incomes of $75,00o, as well as $500 for qualifying children under the age of 16. Still, some Americans most in need—those whose earn less than around $12,200 annually and therefore are not required to file tax returns—may not receive their stimulus checks for months, if at all.

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