A new D.C. law eliminates a waiting period before divorce, a change spurred by victim advocates who say it will particularly help domestic violence survivors seeking to separate from an abusive spouse.
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s administration said late Wednesday that it will use excess city revenue to temporarily increase food assistance benefits for residents in need, reversing course amid pressure from city lawmakers and an imminent threat of a lawsuit.
After much back and forth, the Bowser administration acquiesced to D.C. Council members, advocates and constituents who demanded the temporary increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, as mandated in the FY 2024 budget.
Mayor Muriel Bowser says she’s suddenly reversing course on her monthlong refusal to implement a $40 million expansion of SNAP benefits required by law, just as a pair of residents prepared to sue the city over her intransigence.
Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration will implement a legislatively-mandated increase to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) following threat of legal action from the D.C. Council and Legal Aid on behalf of recipients of the food assistance program.