September 29th, 2010
01:04 PM ET
4 years ago

First lady's child nutrition push stymied in Congress

Washington (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama's push for a new child nutrition law has hit a wall in Congress - at least temporarily.

Democrats on both sides of the issue say the legislative overhaul she's advocating is nearly frozen in the House of Representatives and very unlikely to pass before lawmakers recess this week.

A key bloc of House Democrats is threatening to vote against the Senate-passed child nutrition bill the first lady is promoting because it pays for the new initiatives in part by taking $2.2 billion slated for the food stamp program.

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  1. Beverly - NYC

    I'm sure the funds needed to improve childhood nutrition can be found if a real effort is made to go after those abusing the system. We've all stood in a Supermarket line watching someone use food stamps or WIC debit card for items not allowed cigarettes, beer, rather than healthy foods for their children. Punish the abusers & revoke their benefits.

    September 29, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. jim

    This shows how clueless the first lady is about economics.She wanted to take money from the food stamp program to pay for a program that she deems to be more important.I didn't see her trying to save taxpayer's money when she took her little jaunt to Spain.

    September 29, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. picturethisifyouwill

    This country can't get anything reasonable (I bet the CORN LOBBY had nothing to do with this one) anymore.

    "Hey parents! Too lazy to care about what your kids eat! Well, how about CORN SYRUP! Just handfuls of pure, adulterated corn syrup for breakfast, lunch and...oh....oh, your kid's now diabetic?...I uh...The Corn Lobby of America is not responsible for any night terrors, weight gain or obesity and cannot be linked to any of the aforementioned problems."

    Ah. That's better. Smoke em' if you got em'!

    September 29, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |