DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported on Friday (link requires subscription) that, “House, Senate and White House officials are working together to find offsets to reauthorize child nutrition programs before they expire on Sept. 30, according to an aide to House Democratic leaders.
“The House Education and Labor Committee approved the bill Thursday but significant hurdles remain if Congress is to meet the deadline for reauthorizing the programs.
“‘The leadership supports this bill going forward; we are working with the White House and the Senate to find a way to pay for it,’ the aide stated an email after the House Education and Labor Committee approved the measure by a wide bipartisan vote of 32 to 13. First lady Michelle Obama praised the committee for its passage of the measure and said President Obama looks forward to signing the bill this year. The first lady’s statement following passage of a bill out of committee reflects both the importance placed on the bill by the administration.”