Like all first ladies, Michelle Obama has used her husband’s position in Washington to push her own personal causes. But unlike most, she has somehow been able to get her pet ideas enforced as law.
Now Congress is finally looking to cancel her most ambitious — and unpopular — program.
The first lady has made herself notorious for creating stricter school lunch rules meant, she says, to make children healthier. But the change in what kids are given for lunch has been met with upturned noses by kids, increased food waste in schools, and anger from parents and school administrators alike.
After years of mounting complaints from school systems across the country, Congress is looking to eliminate the first lady’s unpopular school lunch rules.
Bipartisan legislation was announced from the Senate this week that could end the school lunch rules enacted by the president’s control over the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture, and without any previous acts by Congress.
The bill, introduced by Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, moves to end the rules and also seeks to address the massive rise in food waste that has been seen since the rules were implemented. The bill has the support of the School Nutrition Association (SNA) which represents 55,000 school food service employees across the country.
“In the absence of increased funding, this agreement eases operational challenges and provides school meal programs critical flexibility to help them plan healthy school meals that appeal to students,” SNA president Jean Ronnei told the Associated Press.
As The Daily Caller notes, a year ago changes to the school nutrition rules were proposed, but Michelle Obama promised to fight “until the bitter end” to keep her guidelines in place. As a result, no changes have been made.
If passed and signed by the president, the bill would require the Department of Agriculture to create new sodium and whole grain policies within 90 days.
Kids have almost universally abhorred the lunches resulting from the first lady’s rules. By June of last year it had been calculated 1.2 million had dropped out of school lunch programs because of the changes.
But it isn’t just the kids who find the new mandated lunch menus distasteful. School administrations and lunchroom workers have also fought bitterly against the rules.
h/t: The Daily Caller