The Latest News from Senator Rosapepe's Office: September 2021
Updated: Sep 26, 2021
A big victory for working families!
Earlier this year, President Biden and the Democratic Congress launched a major effort to get Americans back to work and help them pay their bills until they do. Now, some governors are trying to cut benefits for barbers, beauticians, plumbers, UBER drivers and other unemployed working people.
The good news in Maryland, because of our laws, including one I sponsored, and my colleagues supported, to protect unemployment insurance (UI) benefits (SB 893/HB 1002), the state court ruled in late July that the aid will continue in Maryland as President Biden intended.
That’s important for our neighbors who remain unemployed — and for all the local restaurants and retailers where the $1.5 billion in federal aid will be spent.
If you or your friends continue to have problems collecting UI benefits you’ve earned, please contact my office at Jim.Rosapepe@Senate.State.Md.Us
I want your advice: should schools provide an online option for all students?
Even with more and more people vaccinated, the risk of COVID infections remains real. And vaccines aren’t even available yet for those 12 and younger. All of us want to be sure that the health of our children, our families, teachers, and staff are protected when the school year begins in the fall. I want to hear your views about schools providing an online option for families who want it. Visit SenatorJimRosapepe.com to fill out the survey.
New Federal Child Tax Credit
To help working parents recover from the pandemic and fund their family's future, the Biden administration and Congress have expanded the federal child tax credit. Children under 6 qualify your family for $3,600, and children 6 - 17 years old $3,000. The credit is available for single filer households making up to $75,000, $112,500 for head-of-household filers, and $150,000 for married couples filing jointly.
There's no need to apply – anyone who filed 2019 or 2020 tax returns or signed up for federal stimulus checks, will receive the payments automatically. If you have questions or want to learn more, visit www.irs.gov and click on "Advance Child Tax Credit Payments in 2021." If you have further questions, contact my office.
Please let us know if there are other issues you have questions or thoughts about. And, of course, feel free to be in touch if we can be of help to you. Just email 21stDistrictDelegation@gmail.com or call 301-858-3141.