Skip to comments.House GOP scuttles nutrition bill at center of first lady's anti-obesity drive
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.