UPDATE: Democrats release latest coronavirus aid bill
The House Democrats today released their latest coronavirus aid bill with substantial increases in food assistance.
A vote on the bill is expected Friday.
A news release said that it includes a 15% increase in benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other nutrition increases.
The text of the bill says there is an additional $3 billion for child nutrition programs to be available until September 30, 2021; an additional $1.1 billion for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children to be available until Sept. 30, 2022; an additional $10 billion for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to be available until Sept. 30, 2021; and $150 million for commodity assistance programs to be available through Sept. 30, 2021.
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