Kaptur Statement After Trump Administration Reverses Course, Will Send Coronavirus Stimulus Checks to Social Security Recipients Directly

April 2, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced, in a reversal, that seniors who receive Social Security and who do not usually file tax returns will automatically receive their coronavirus stimulus checks. A previous Administration rule would have required seniors to jump through unnecessary, bureaucratic hoops in order to receive their checks. The extra hurdle would have likely meant millions of seniors would have missed out on the stimulus payment. On Wednesday, Rep. Kaptur released a statement calling on the Trump Administration to reverse its decision, which it has now done.


“I’m glad the Trump Administration reversed course after widespread criticism from elected officials, including myself, and outcry from the public,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Our office has received countless calls from seniors who were understandably confused and distraught – it should have never come to that. On top of that, the previous rule would have likely resulted in people leaving their homes during a pandemic to seek help from a tax advisor, potentially putting the health and safety of our most vulnerable populations in harm’s way. Moving forward, we must hold the Administration to its promise that seniors will automatically get their $1200.00 stimulus checks without having to jump through unnecessary hoops. I thank America’s senior citizens, their advocates, and America’s ability community for their firm advocacy. The alliance of America’s seniors and disability rights community is a real force to be reckoned with. I think President Trump and his advisers may have just learned that. I was pleased to join with dozens of my colleagues to support their just cause.”