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Posted on 12/01/2010 2:35:58 PM PST by Sub-Driver
House GOP scuttles nutrition bill at center of first lady's anti-obesity drive By Russell Berman - 12/01/10 04:21 PM ET
House Republicans on Wednesday scuttled a Democratic bid to pass a child nutrition bill thats at the center of first lady Michelle Obamas anti-obesity agenda.
The $4.5 billion legislation, which has already been approved unanimously by the Senate, expands eligibility and funding for school lunch programs. Democrats had expected it to pass on Wednesday and be sent to President Obama for his signature, but Republicans used their last chance to amend the bill to offer a motion that would require criminal background checks for childcare workers and would have removed the federal mandate for paid meals in schools.
When Democrats saw that the poison-pill amendment was headed for passage, they pulled the bill off the floor, a Democratic aide said.
"I am disappointed Republicans chose to play politics with a bill that enjoys strong bipartisan support and would increase access to school meal programs, improve the standards of food provided, and help reduce childhood obesity, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said. The real purpose of this motion to recommit was to delay this bipartisan bill from being signed into law.
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Appalling to think that democrats did NOT want criminal background checks for child care workers.
Hooray for the GOP
there is nothing wrong with either amendment they added
good to see some backbone
We’ll eat what we want, Steny
Great news. It’s past time to eliminate the Department of Education. The federal government has NO BUSINESS getting involved in education.
Instead of taxing everyone, taking 9/10 of it for its own use, and passing back 1/10 to the states to help pay for education, just cut federal taxes, and raise them a little at the state and local levels to make up for the lost “subsidies.” Far more efficient. Far less invasive.
Oh the humanity ~ Democrats protecting criminals in public contact jobs one child at a time.
At my nephew school everyone gets free breakfast and lunch even though they can afford it.
“When Democrats saw that the poison-pill amendment was headed for passage...”
Uh, NOTHING can pass without Democrat support.
“House bipartisans scuttle nutrition bill...”
Those evil bipartisans...
“and help reduce childhood obesity”
If you want to see fat look at federal bureaucrats. Capt. Ahab would be in his element if you let him loose with a harpoon on the whales at the ATF.
ROTFL!......priceless Frank, just priceless!
*Whew* I was really sweating it out there...
Good job GOP.
How did it get unanimous Senate support. Didn’t any of the senators up for election in two years learn anything?
“I am disappointed Republicans chose to play politics with a bill”........starting in January I’m hoping to hear that “well worn” phrase from the Democrats being used every day.
Once the Republicans take charge of the House in January, don't use the phrase “for the children” as part of a drinking game. Pelosi and Reid will be using it so many times a day, with the press repeating ad infinitum, you won't sober up until the next election cycle.
And to call this requirement a POISON PILL is so beyond the pale.
“I am disappointed Republicans chose to play politics with a bill that enjoys strong bipartisan support...”
But you pulled the amended bill because it was GOING TO PASS!! That’s not playing politics, Hoyer?
Liberalism is a mental disease!
Who gave these guys their b*lls back?
Way to go!
In most inner-city schools, criminal background checks on the "children" who would get the free food would probably result in them being found to be in school, with outstanding Warrants and/or multiple prior convictions/plea deals.
Same can be said for the voters there, too.
The comments, after the article, are really good. Don’t miss them.
Common Sense 1 - Nanny State 0
Excuse me...but spending bills are supposed to originate in the House....or am I missing something here....?
I read elsewhere that there was a proceedural problem with a Senate bill passed earlier. I think it may have been this one. As I understand it,.they added a tax provision to a bill from the House.
The Constitution requires revenue bills originate in the House. Whatever the House passed would have had to go back to the Senate to be approved before it went to 0bammy for signature
“Didnt any of the senators up for election in two years learn anything?”
We have to get that f***ing RINO Lugar out in 12. That sob has voted with Obama dems on almost every bill and/or nominee presented to the Senate. He should be strung up by his neck until dead! Can you tell I hate that pos!
The procedural problem was with a food inspection bill - the House Dems sent it back via “blue slipping.”
Guess the children will still have a choice of what they want to eat, and not be forced by the Feds to eat just Purina Wookie Chow.
Stupid Democrats couldn’t pass their bill under a privileged rule that excluded amendments.
Kiss this turkey good-bye! Hopefully, its not coming up next year.