January 19, 2020

Appropriations; WRDA; Policy Issues; Ag Economy; Biotech; and, Climate

Agriculture Appropriations- House

Erik Wasson reported yesterday at The Hill Online that, “The House on Tuesday moved forward with legislation aimed at exempting some schools from lunch nutrition rules that have been a part of first lady Michelle Obama’s anti-childhood obesity initiative.

“An Appropriations subpanel approved language that would require the Agriculture Department to waive requirements to serve fruits, vegetables and low-sodium and low-fat foods for schools that can show their lunch programs are losing money.

“Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) said the temporary waivers are needed because some school districts are losing too much money and need more time to adjust to the requirement. He said a big problem is that students are refusing to eat the healthy foods.”

To listen to remarks on this issue from Chairman Aderholt at yesterday’s markup, just click here (MP3- 1:43).