Peru chief closes Congress; legislators refuse to leave

first_imgPeru’s worst political crisis in twodecades threatens unrest in the world’s No. 2 copper producer and one of theregion’s most robust economies. Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra speaks during the 4th Pacific Alliance Summit in Lima, Peru on July 6. REUTERS/GUADALUPE PARDO/FILE PHOTO Vizcarra vowed to call new legislativeelections to let voters weigh a dispute he said stymied his bid to stamp outgraft in the ruling class. LIMA – Peruvian President MartinVizcarra dissolved Congress on Monday to end a yearlong battle with rightwinglawmakers over his anti-graft campaign, but rebel legislators refused to leavethe chamber as protests against them started across the country. Opposition representatives cried“Dictator” after Vizcarra invoked a constitutional article allowing presidentsto dissolve the Congress, and immediately voted to declare him temporarilysuspended, naming Vice President Mercedes Araoz to replace him.(Reuters)last_img read more

USDA Approves Florida’s Request For SNAP Recipients to Use EBT Online

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a waiver request allowing Florida food stamp recipients to purchase their groceries online.The approval was announced on Saturday, April 11, just one day after Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to begin developing plans to implement an online purchasing program for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients.The current federal regulations prohibit SNAP recipients from purchasing groceries online with an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Last week, Florida submitted a waiver to participate in the USDA’s Online Purchasing Pilot, which ensures Floridians can access nutritious food online through the currently authorized SNAP online retailers like Amazon, ShopRite and Walmart.“Allowing Florida families to purchase groceries online instead of venturing into a public store is a sound practice during this public health emergency and yet another step that will help Florida flatten the curve,” DeSantis said.With the spread of the novel coronavirus, many are concerned that forcing low-income individuals — who are more likely to have serious underlying health conditions — to shop in-store could expose them to unnecessary risk. After the USDA’s approval was announced Saturday, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried praised the feds for making an exception for Floridians.“I thank the USDA and Secretary [Sonny] Perdue for granting the state’s request to bring safer grocery options to Florida’s families in need,” Fried said.According to USDA, Florida’s SNAP participation is nearly 3 million individuals, about 1.5 million households, and totals nearly $4 billion annually in federal funding.last_img read more