The major spending bill introduced by lawmakers early Tuesday morning would fund the government through next fall. The $1.7 trillion package needs to pass by midnight Friday to avert a government shutdown.

Among the 4,155 pages of funding priorities is language that would help victims whose Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) funds were stolen through card skimming and card cloning.

WMAR-2 News' Mallory Sofastaii
 has reported extensively on this issue. As of November 30, Maryland families have reported losing nearly $1.4 million in federal assistance benefits compared to $92,000 in reported losses in 2021.

While states and localities can use their own funds to reimburse stolen SNAP benefits, only four currently do so: California, Wisconsin, Michigan and Washington, DC.... Read More: WMAR2NEWS