From the Obama Foodorama blog:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has confirmed that the pending $8 billion child nutrition legislation will not be brought to a vote in the House before Members leave for the Autumn recess, a source tells Ob Fo. First Lady Michelle Obama has made passing the historic legislation a centerpiece of her Let’s Move! campaign, and since June, she has repeatedly urged lawmakers to go for it, so President Obamacould sign it into law before the end of September. Clearly, that ideal scenario has now fallen like a souffle, despite aides revealing to media this week that Mrs. Obama had been making personal calls to Dem lawmakers, and that Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had been confabbing with House Members, too. . . .
The House legislation could be taken up in the lame duck session after the mid-term elections, but even that isn’t certain. The bill was a historic moment in child nutrition history: For the first time in three decades, the non inflationary reimbursement rate for school lunches was increased, and there were all kinds of components that helped improve school-based nutrition programs, as well as other federal feeding initiatives.
As previously reported here, many House Democrats balked at passing a bill that paid for child nutrition programs out of SNAP (food stamp) funds.
In addition, almost all school food advocates felt that the bill was grossly underfunded, providing only a six-cent-per-meal increase that was unlikely to significantly improve the food on kids’ lunch trays. That said, the legislation contained many other much-needed provisions, as Ed Bruske mentioned in his opinion piece on Grist today.
It remains to be seen what, if anything, will happen after the autumn recess. I’ll of course keep you posted on TLT.
[Hat tip: Healthy Schools Campaign]