Brazil's lower house approves replacement of Brazil's famed Bolsa Familia

By Reuters

Brazil's lower house approved on Thursday a bill that would create a massive social welfare program known as Auxilio Brasil, replacing a previous program known as Bolsa Familia, which has been a mainstay of Brazilian social policy for nearly two decades. Introduced by the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, Auxilio Brasil would double the size of cash welfare payments to poor families in Brazil to 400 reais ($71.90) monthly and would increase the number of families covered to 17 million. Bolsonaro's government says the measure is needed to help lower-income Brazilians whose livelihoods have been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, while his opponents say the measure is a cynical ploy to increase his popularity heading into an October election, which polls predict he would lose.

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