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Valadao and His Cronies

Valadao and His Cronies

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

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It is hard to believe that Congress is so divided that republicans and democrats can’t even agree that schools should be serving students healthy, nutritious balanced meals.

House Agriculture Subcommittee Advances Spending Bill By Claire Benjamin It is hard to believe that Congress is so divided that republicans and democrats can’t even agree that schools should be serving students healthy, nutritious balanced meals. This wasn’t always the case.  Big annual spending bills used to be an opportunity to set aside partisanship, and…


House Agriculture Subcommittee Advances Spending Bill By Claire Benjamin It is hard to believe that Congress is so divided that republicans and democra...

House Agriculture Subcommittee Advances Spending Bill

By Claire Benjamin

It is hard to believe that Congress is so divided that republicans and democrats can’t even agree that schools should be serving students healthy, nutritious balanced meals.

This wasn’t always the case.  Big annual spending bills used to be an opportunity to set aside partisanship, and set the funding priorities for the year – to establish a baseline for what does and doesn’t get funded.

Unfortunately those days are long gone, and what stands in its place is almost unrecognizable.

Today, Congressman Valadao and his Agriculture Appropriations cronies brought forward a spending bill that will set this country’s nutrition policy backwards.

The worst part? They weren’t even trying to hid it. The Republicans opened with how glad they were this bill would weaken school meal programs.

This was all a well orchestrated plan. You see, earlier this month, more than 40 House members sent a letter to the USDA urging Secretary Vilsack to reduce whole grains in schools, increase sodium, and maintain the status quo on school snacks and ‘a la care options’ like pizza and hamburgers.

When it didn’t look like the administration would grant their demands, Republicans took matters into their own hands, and this morning, in the light of day moved forward a bill that would rollback school nutrition standards, all in the name of flexibility and progress.

The House Appropriations Committee is expected to consider the Fiscal Year 2015 spending bill Thursday May 29th

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