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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

Updated at 7:10 p.m.
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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CT bill would require that certain Medicaid enrollees work

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A number of legislative Republicans are advocating a bill aimed at imposing work requirements for some Medicaid recipients while also doing away with exemptions from work requirements now allowed to some food stamp recipients in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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DeLauro fights political winds with book making case for social safety net

WASHINGTON — Three years ago, veteran Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro felt compelled to do one of the few things she had never done before – write a book. The result is “The Least Among Us: Waging the Battle for the Vulnerable,” a smooth read about her fight to protect the social safety net and her battles with both Republicans and Democrats who disagreed with her position or her approach. We talk to her about it in this week’s Sunday conversation. Continue Reading →

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Trump budget would cut or end food stamps for many in CT

WASHINGTON — Kimberly Hart of New Haven is among more than 400,000 Connecticut residents who depend on food stamps — a program that would be cut under President Donald Trump’s budget, which also shifts some of the responsibility of feeding those in need to individual states. Continue Reading →

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Trump budget: CT health, education, research hit — defense a mixed bag

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s budget would require Connecticut to drop residents from key social and health programs in the state, and make tough decisions on how to handle other proposed federal cuts to education, housing and the environment. Connecticut’s congressional delegation vowed to fight it. Continue Reading →

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Trump budget would rip CT safety net for poor

Updated at 9:35 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s first budget, to be released in detail Tuesday, would cut Medicaid funding to Connecticut and eliminate other programs state residents rely upon to try to make ends meet, such as one that helps low-income people heat their homes. Many of the proposed cuts will meet resistance from Congress. Continue Reading →

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Food stamp benefits end for some single adults in 87 CT towns

WASHINGTON — Because the economy has improved in the towns where they live, thousands of Connecticut food stamp recipients lost their food stamp benefits beginning this month. The state’s economic upturn in 82 towns has caused able-bodied, childless, adult food stamp recipients who are unemployed to lose their benefits unless they got jobs, education or training at least 20 hours a week. Continue Reading →

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Food stamps ending for some in towns with high employment

WASHINGTON – The state’s economic upturn – at least in about half of Connecticut’s cities and towns – isn’t good news for about 3,600 food stamp benefits who will lose their benefits in about three months unless they get a job or job training. Continue Reading →

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