Pelosi Parrots Disputed Claim That Adding Trump’s Name Delayed Stimulus Checks ‘To Vulnerable Families’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted out today that President Trump “delaying direct payments to vulnerable families just to print his name on the check” was “another shameful example” of his “catastrophic failure.”

Delaying direct payments to vulnerable families just to print his name on the check is another shameful example of President Trump’s catastrophic failure to treat this crisis with the urgency it demands.

Chad Hooper, national president of the IRS’s Professional Managers Association (PMA), suggested to The Washington Post that changing the checks to add President Donald Trump’s name could delay the IRS sending them out to households.

Hooper, according to his bio, is a third-generation federal manager who led teams in the fashion, hospitality, and healthcare sectors prior to joining the Civil Service in 2009. At the end, it says that he is a Lifetime Member of Federally Employed Women (FEW).

Chad Hooper

The FEW mission statement says that they work to end sex and gender discrimination, encourage diversity for inclusion and equity in the workplace.

One of their primary functions appears to be providing inclusion and equity training sessions for workers.

The Treasury Department has denied that there will be any delay and said the checks will go out on time. “Economic Impact Payment checks are scheduled to go out on time and exactly as planned—there is absolutely no delay whatsoever,” a Treasury spokesperson told Newsweek in a statement.

“In fact, we expect the first checks to be in the mail early next week which is well in advance of when the first checks went out in 2008 and well in advance of initial estimates.

“Treasury and the IRS have worked around the clock to get fast and direct economic assistance to hardworking Americans.

“During the 2008/09 financial crisis, it took the government almost two months to distribute 800,000 payments. So far, this Administration distributed more than 80 million payments in less than two and a half weeks. This in and of itself is a major achievement.”