Economic impact payments – “stimulus checks” – have begun to be distributed to individuals in Maryland. Marylanders with an adjusted gross income up to $75,000, and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns, will receive the full payment of $600, or $1,200 for married couples, along with $600 for each qualifying child. The COVID-19 relief legislation passed by Congress last month also expanded eligibility for these economic impact payments to mixed-status families where one spouse has a Social Security Number.
This new assistance falls woefully short of the assistance Maryland families need as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. In December, the House passed the CASH Act to increase stimulus checks to $2,000 per person. The American people have waited too long for relief, and it's unacceptable that Senator McConnell refuses to bring this bill to the Floor of the Senate for a vote. I will work with the incoming Biden-Harris Administration to deliver additional economic relief to families in our state.