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Senators Hoeven and McConnell demand more salt, less whole grains for our kids

Senators Hoeven and McConnell demand more salt, less whole grains for our kids

By | May 21st, 2014 | Blogs, FPA Blogs & News |

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Less than a week ago more than 100 organizations from 36 states sent a strong message to congress: don’t use the appropriations process to weaken federal child nutrition programs.

SENATE SET TO PICK UP WHERE THE HOUSE LEFT OFF ON SCHOOL LUNCH  May 21, 2014 By Claire Benjamin Less than a week ago more than 100 organizations from 36 states sent a strong message to congress: don’t use the appropriations process to weaken federal child nutrition programs. Unfortunately, that is exactly Congressman Valadao and the House subcommittee on…


SENATE SET TO PICK UP WHERE THE HOUSE LEFT OFF ON SCHOOL LUNCH  May 21, 2014 By Claire Benjamin Less than a week ago more than 100 organizations fr...

SENATE SET TO PICK UP WHERE THE HOUSE LEFT OFF ON SCHOOL LUNCH 

May 21, 2014

By Claire Benjamin

Less than a week ago more than 100 organizations from 36 states sent a strong message to congress: don’t use the appropriations process to weaken federal child nutrition programs.

Unfortunately, that is exactly Congressman Valadao and the House subcommittee on agriculture did yesterday, and what the Senate Appropriations Committee plans to do tomorrow.

Tomorrow, Senator Hoeven plans to offer an amendment backed by Republican leadership Mitch McConnell that would undo the progress made in the 2010 Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.

Mitch McConnell and John Hoven, the same Senate duo that most recently scored a 0% and 22% respectively on the National Food Policy Scorecard. Their low scores are credited to things like supporting a $13 billion cut to SNAP, the program that provides basic food assistance for low incoming families, and voting against labeling GMOs and the consumer’s right to know what is in their food.

More specifically the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has his eye on the majority next year and his friends want to prohibit the USDA from increasing whole grains and reducing salt in school meals. There’s leadership for you.

For now, Senate good guys still out number the group working to make meals less healthy, and while there may be fireworks tomorrow, the amendment will likely be defeated.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations is scheduled to mark up the FY15 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration bill tomorrow at 10:30 am. Tune in here.

 

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