About 80,000 Connecticut families must wait to receive money to make up for meals kids no longer receive at school.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who pushed for the measure, said online purchasing helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Many HEROES Act provisions are likely to be dropped or scaled back to win Senate and White House support.
There’s no guarantee, however, that food stamps will be available to all those in Connecticut who need the help.
The number of new COVID-19 cases declined in Connecticut on Easter Sunday, but deaths and hospitalizations jumped .
Rep. Joe Courtney says ‘the well is going empty,” but partisan differences stall new federal coronavirus-response help.
Applications in Connecticut for food stamps have more than tripled and further increases are expected.
Himes says the government must rush money to Americans on the “suffering frontier” of the coronavirus pandemic.
The House has teed up a multi-billion dollar coronavirus bill with a new paid sick leave program and enhanced unemployment insurance.
Lawmakers are questioning how school closures will impact kids who rely on free meals.
The lawmakers said the proposed food stamp rule would “dramatically undermine Connecticut’s ability to assist families in need and will disproportionally impact our state’s most vulnerable populations.”
Responding to a request from Connecticut and two other states, a federal judge put a hold on a new Trump administration policy aimed at discouraging immigrants from using federal benefits.
That rule would deny entry or green cards to immigrants based on their use of public programs like food stamps and Medicaid.
Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said the new rule “has instilled fear and chaos in Connecticut’s immigrant communities.”
Calling it part of a “cruel and racist campaign,” Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said he intends to join other states in a legal challenge to the Trump “public charge’ rule.