Do House Republicans Now Regret Picking a School Food Fight?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 19, 2014

Maybe so.

In a piece published on SF Gate earlier this week, Carolyn Lochhead reports that repeated delays in the House on the school food waiver vote indicate to Democrats that:

Republicans have concluded they’re on the losing side of the school lunch fight, which has touched off a firestorm in Washington and schools across the country. . . .

“I think they pulled the bill because they didn’t know if they had enough of their own votes,” said Rep. Sam Farr of Carmel, the top Democrat on the House Appropriationsagriculture subcommittee, who is leading the fight against the waiver. “Members go home, they pick up from the newspapers the feedback of what’s happening in Washington, and I think the longer this issue is on front pages the more difficulty they have in passing their provision.”

If there really is a weakening of resolve among House Republicans, this means that grass roots efforts and negative press are working, so please keep up the pressure.  This recent Lunch Tray post contains several very easy steps you can take to show your support for healthier school meals, and most of them don’t take more than a few seconds.

Thank you!

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Lunch Lady June 19, 2014 at 8:14 am

Things are not always what they seem.

Could it be they are backing down now because they know that reauthorization is happening in 2015? Could it be that they are waiting until after the elections when they most likely control the House and Senate to make MAJOR changes?

Personally, I’m more concerned with this happening since the majority of Republican congressmen I have spoken to always ask me about how I feel about making NSLP a block grant, very similar to how Reagan dismantled the program in 1990 by cutting $1.4 BILLION from the budget.

That major cut from the program is what started this nutrition downfall. Less money for food + no money for equipment or training = reliance on pre-processed, heat and eat foods.

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Bettina Elias Siegel June 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

Entirely possible — and plausible, Lunch Lady. I’ve been saying all along that this current House waiver fight may only be a distraction as we near the 2015 CNR, where I’m certain we’ll see yet more efforts to dismantle the gains of the HHFKA. So thank you for this reminder that we must take the long view. Still, I would regard a retreat from waivers (if that’s where this current battle is headed) as an early victory, even as we gird ourselves for 2015.

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