The president will ask the Department of Agriculture on Friday to allow states to increase food stamps and to expand by 15 percent benefits awarded through a school meals programs for low-income students.
There’s fear the U.K. variant and others could overwhelm medical systems. Germany proposed strict, temporary bans on travel to the E.U. from countries where mutated forms of the virus are already prevalent.
While engaging in negotiations, the president is also preparing to impose new costs on Russia pending an intelligence assessment and is ruling out a “reset” in relations with Moscow, senior officials said.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), the chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said the request is a step toward opening a formal committee investigation into sites that may encourage violence.