Republicans stall bill to feed kids


    Republicans are stalling a bill that would keep more needy kids from missing a meal.



     

    Republicans are stalling a bill that would keep more needy kids from missing a meal.


     
    The Associated Press reports that House Republicans temporarily blocked the legislation on Wednesday, using a procedural maneuver that aims to amend the $4.5 billion bill.
     
    The bill, part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, would allow thousands more underprivileged kids access to free lunches at school. Under the proposed law, school lunches would also be healthier: The government would decide what kinds of food
    would be provided to students and the ingredients that would be used. 


     
    Nutritional standards would be set by the Agriculture Department, and it’s likely that lunchroom faves like pizza and hamburgers would still be part of the menu. The foods would be tweaked by using leaner meats and whole grains, which aren’t exactly huge changes.


     
    The bill would also provide after school meals to needy kids.


     
    House Democrats have opted to delay a final vote on the nutrition bill rather than vote on the amendment, which they see as a push to kill the law. The GOP insists that its move to delay the bill isn’t about keeping hungry kids from healthy food, though.


     
    "It’s not about making our children healthy and active," said Rep. John Kline, R-Minn. "We all want to see our children healthy and active. This is about spending and the role of government and the size of government — a debate about whether we’re listening to our constituents or not."
     
    The GOP amendment would require a background check for all childcare workers.


     
    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the House will vote separately on the nutrition bill and the Republicans’ amendment. Ultimately, the bill will go to President Barack Obama for his signature.

     

     

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