Half a loaf is better than none, but it’s still just half a loaf. The $600 COVID relief checks – delayed for months by the GOP in Congress -- have begun distribution, and some in the metro Washington area are beginning to receive payment. To qualify for the relief payment, you must have an adjusted gross income up to $75,000, or up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns. Additionally, those qualified will also receive $600 for each qualifying child. “This new assistance falls miserably short of the assistance that too many working families in DC, Maryland and Virginia need, but for too many, even this $600 may make the difference in paying rent, buying groceries, or paying down debt as we continue to live in the reality of the COVID epidemic,” said MWC President Dyana Forester. “The labor movement will continue to fight for the necessary relief that is so desperately needed and we will not stop until we get it.” Payments will arrive in the same form as the prior round in 2020. To check your payment status, visit the Get My Payment portal.
- David Stephen, MWC Political and Legislative Director