With President Donald Trump signing into law a continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded through December 11, a congressman from the Sunshine State scored a win as a proposal extending EBT/SNAP waivers was included in the proposal.
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., was an original cosponsor of U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge’s, D-Ohio, “Emergency SNAP Flexibilities Extension Act” which was included in the continuing resolution.
Fudge’s proposal renews Pandemic EBT for an entire year and expands the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s school meal effort during the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation also allows the states more flexibility in how they handle SNAP benefit requirements.
Helping guide the proposal from his seat on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, Lawson weighed in on getting it getting through Congress on Wednesday night.
“I’m pleased that my efforts to extend pandemic SNAP waivers and EBT extensions to families who are struggling to put food on their tables during this difficult time was included in this bill,” said Lawson. “The pandemic is far from over, and this bill will make sure that American families continue to have access to nutritious food.”
First elected to Congress in 2016 after decades in the state Legislature, including leading Democrats in the Florida Senate, Lawson represents parts of North Florida with his district stretching from Jacksonville to Gadsden County. Businessman Gary Adler won the Republican primary in August to challenge Lawson though the district is generally considered secure for the Democrats.
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