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Showdown on food stamps looms in Congress

WASHINGTON – Unless there’s a last-minute deal, there will be a huge showdown in Congress next week over the future of  food stamps, a federal program that helps feed about 400,000 individuals and families in Connecticut. House conservatives — and President Donald Trump — want to add new work requirements to the program, but there’s resistance in the Senate to that idea. Continue Reading →

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U.S. House bill cuts thousands from Connecticut’s free school lunch program

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House on Thursday narrowly approved a massive farm bill that would cut thousands of children from free school meals in Connecticut. That bill, opposed by every House Democrat, would curb eligibility for food stamps, too. Continue Reading →

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DeLauro: Cut farm bill handouts to the wealthy, not food stamps

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House is about to vote on a farm bill that will reduce eligibility for food stamps, a move that has caused a partisan split, with most Democratic lawmakers opposing the legislation. If the changes become law, they could impact tens of thousands of food stamp recipients in the state. Continue Reading →

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Congress moves to tighten food stamp rules

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WASHINGTON — A massive farm bill approved by the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday would end food stamp benefits for many childless adults in 114 Connecticut towns, unless those beneficiaries get a job or work training. Republicans said the change would encourage more recipients to move out of poverty while Democrats said it was a mean-spirited degradation of a critical part of the social safety net. Continue Reading →

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Malloy moves to avoid food stamp cuts

Washington – Gov . Dannel Malloy announced Monday that his administration will increase spending on heating assistance to thwart new federal regulations aimed at shrinking food stamp benefits for at least 50,000 households in the state. “Connecticut, for one, will not stand by while our low-income families and elders are put at risk by Washington politics,” Governor Malloy said.  “I have directed my administration to take all necessary measures to protect Connecticut beneficiaries of the federal SNAP program from the negative consequences of the Farm Bill.”

The massive farm bill approved by Congress in February sought to cut the food stamp program by about $8.6 billion over ten years by ending a practice adopted by Malloy and other governors. Those governors  gave food stamp recipients as little as $1 in heating assistance benefits, so they would, under a federal formula, qualify for more food stamp assistance. Under the farm bill, recipients will have to receive at least $20.01 in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, to qualify for increased benefits. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal milks Senate support for dairy compromise

During the Senate debate Thursday on a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, Sen. Richard Blumenthal used a glass of milk as a prop to try to bring attention to a new compromise that might end a deadlock over the dairy program that has stalled a massive farm bill. Blumenthal, D-Conn., said a deal has been cut to keep the current dairy subsidy program while phasing in a new program that would replace those subsides with an insurance plan. Continue Reading →

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