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TEN DAYS – What can Congress really get done in ten days before adjourning until after the election?

TEN DAYS – What can Congress really get done in ten days before adjourning until after the election?

By | August 20th, 2014 | Blogs, FPA Blogs & News |

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Congress should use the waning hours of the 113th Congress to protect healthy school meal standards and plan ahead for the Child Nutrition Reauthorization next year.

August 20, 2014 Its hard to believe, but after a six week summer break, Congress is back to work at the beginning of September for only 10 days before adjourning until after the November elections. It has been said that this Congress may go down as one of the least productive of all time, only…


August 20, 2014 Its hard to believe, but after a six week summer break, Congress is back to work at the beginning of September for only 10 days before a...

August 20, 2014

Its hard to believe, but after a six week summer break, Congress is back to work at the beginning of September for only 10 days before adjourning until after the November elections. It has been said that this Congress may go down as one of the least productive of all time, only passing 146 laws in their nearly two years in office.

Congress should use the waning hours of the 113th Congress to protect healthy school meal standards and plan ahead for the Child Nutrition Reauthorization next year.

The truth is, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 helped kids across the country eat better at school. This act updated school nutrition for the first time since 1995, and simply this has meant that kids are eating less salt, sugar and fat at school. For the more than 22 million children who get free or reduced meals at school, these healthier meals will have real and serious impacts on their long term health.

Instead of making school meals less healthy, Congress should use the final days of this fiscal year to work on making the 2015 Child Nutrition Authorization better. It should look closely at bill like S. 2210 authored by Senators Collins (R-ME) and Heitkamp (D-ND) which would make serious investments in school kitchen equipment, and bi-partisan bill S. 2527 by good food champions Senators Gillibrand (D-NY) and Murkowski (R-AK) which would overhaul summer feeding programs.

So, welcome back to work Congress, we hope you’ll make the most of your 10 days.

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