Child nutrition bill passes in the House
December 2nd, 2010
03:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Child nutrition bill passes in the House

Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives passed a sweeping child nutrition bill Thursday designed to promote better eating habits in part by giving the federal government more authority to set standards for food sold in vending machines and other venues on school grounds.

Among other things, the $4.5 billion measure provides more money to poor areas to subsidize free meals and requires schools to abide by health guidelines drafted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To help offset the higher cost of including more fruits and vegetables, the bill increases the reimbursement rate for school lunches.

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  1. Orlando Patriot

    Of course!! This administration believes it is the responsibility of the government to dictate what you CAN and CANNOT eat!! Keep in mind that is also why they want Socialized Health Care. Afterall, if the government is responsible for PAYING for your health care then of course they can dictate how you live your life to stay healthy – right? Imagine for a moment that government can REQUIRE you to get a physical exam (since they pay for your care they want to make sure you are living healthy) and if your cholesterol is too high you have to reduce to a certain level or get taxed. Blood pressure too high? 20 pounds overweight? You have six months to reduce your weight to lower your blood pressure. If not then you get taxed. Do you like scuba diving? Hang-gliding? Riding a motorcycle? Forget it. Too dangerous and accidents cause health care costs to rise so these will be outlawed (or taxed). Want to have a pizza delivered? Before Pizza Hut can deliver they must get approval from a government agency that you are considered "healthy". If not then you are not allowed to buy a pizza or a box of doughnuts. You think I am kidding? It's coming folks.......Read the writing on the wall. We MUST stop this government intrusion before it is too late!!!

    December 2, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Expat American

    That’s work well done. Childhood obesity is a epidemic problem in the United States….obese children become obese adults.

    December 2, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Sarah

    Can we vote against this?? Pretty sure students deserve to decide for themselves what foods they should eat. If we really want to help this situation we should look at the disgusting cheap sh*t served for meals in the cafeterias rather than denying people the occasional candy bar from the vending machine.

    December 2, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. ewharper74

    Did this get cut by 1.4% like federal saleries?

    December 2, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. ugh

    Ridiculous. Billions to promote common sense because people are too stupid to read labels or know better. Our kids are dumb and fat and the government's idea of fixing it is to throw money at it so they can hang posters on the walls and switch out coke with sugary chocolate milk. SMH.

    December 2, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Sue

    This is a very beautiful Christmas photo or our first lady.
    I find Michelle Obama to exude class, education and at least intelligent. Unlike grifter Sarah Palin who has to earn her keep
    by being a carnival barker for trickery of the Republicans by selling poisoned tea. At least Michelle is qualified to hold a position on the INSIDE of the White House and doesn't earn her keep as a traveling snake oil salesman, peddling Un-American ideology disguised as conservatism for her ignorant followers to digest. And Encouraging childhood obesity by bringing cookies to a school parent's meeting. Michelle is also not a quitter. Unlike the half-term oddity, Palin. Who proves in her pathetic rag called a book that she is jealous of and only wishes that she was half the American woman that Michelle Obama is.

    December 2, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. John Boehner is the dumbest person to become speaker

    The house republicans said they could not support anything for children that cost $4.5 billion. Is it because they wanted to save all the deficit and debt of almost $ 1 trillion for their unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy? According to repubs, children do not create jobs, only billionaires do. Even though we lost 8 million jobs under the Bush tax cuts, the republicans are still digging in that pile of manure trying to find a pony.

    December 2, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Great accomplishment Madam First Lady.

    December 2, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. informed voter

    Bravo to Mrs. Obama for her leadership on this very important issue that is about the future of our nation's health. She is an inspiration to women around the world and I am so proud that she is our first lady!

    December 2, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    GO MICHELLE OBAMA!!! (Now watch Sarah the PA'IN – you know she will say something NEGATIVE about this!!)

    Now – Pass DADT – the DREAM ACT – START!!!!!

    December 2, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Name

    Nice job, you can't go wrong helping children

    December 2, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    More nanny state BS that spends money WE DON'T HAVE!! Why the hell does our FEDERAL GOVERNMENT need to regulate VENDING MACHINES???!!! This is pure insanity from the looney left. HURRY 2012!!

    December 2, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Andrew

    Awesome! Another great idea we can't afford. Don't worry, the next generation can deal with that.

    December 2, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Susan, the falls

    I find Michelle Obama to exude class, education and at least intelligent. Unlike grifter Sarah Palin who has to earn her keep
    by being a carnival barker for trickery of the Republicans by selling poisoned tea. At least Michelle is qualified to hold a position on the INSIDE of the capitol and doesn't earn her keep as a traveling snake oil salesman, peddling Un-American ideology disguised as conservatism. Nancy is also not a quitter. Unlike the half-term oddity, Palin. Discouraging the childhood obesity program by bringing cookies to a parent's meeting. It is proof in the book(rag) that Pallin is pushing
    with lies that the first lady is not proud of our country that she is jealous of and only wishes that she was half the American woman that Michelle Obama is.

    December 2, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    And now, let's translate that headline into what GOPers/Teatards THINK they just read:

    "Democratic conrtolled House passes $4.5M bill intended to buy minority votes"

    or maybe

    "Democerats pass $4.5M bill intended to thwart convenient malnutrition of inner city youths"

    or maybe

    "Be angry...the Dems in the House just got something helpful done"

    meh...btw...the "food stamp cuts" are at least partially offset by decrease in the number of people claiming for food stamps...but that's ok...just go ahead and delete this post if you find that to be an inconvenient part of the full story

    December 2, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    What no fattening cookies? Someone with some common sense.

    December 2, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. GOP hates good health!

    Keep pushing foward Democrats the public is getting tire of the GOP already just look at the lastest polls.

    December 2, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Annoyed

    @Orlando Patriot: Get off your soap box for three minutes and entertain the thought that this isn't about YOU! This is about an entire country worth of children, most of which aren't being fed properly at home and who could really use this boost in funds. Most children don't have the necessary means at home to eat nutritional meals. Even the kids who do have the means are still being offered substandard meals at school. We pack our child's lunch. She's never bought a meal at school, because the food is substandard. French fries are NOT a vegetable. Schools need to get on board and change the way they're doing things. This isn't about social medicine or about YOUR rights being taken away. For once stop thinking about what the government is taking away from YOU and start thinking about what it *may* just be giving to another.

    December 2, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Skinny Minny

    This is truly absurd! Better not eat that – Big Brother is watching. GO AWAY Food Police and Big Government. Hurry up November 2012!!!

    December 2, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Ridiculous. Billions to promote common sense because people are too stupid to read labels or know better"

    You twit. Healthier food COSTS MORE. What don't you get about that? This is a program that boosts the quality of school lunches for kids whose families depend on those school lunches due to their income level. And no, that does not translate into "mama spent all her money on ho-hos so junior canp;t have an apple." The bigotry from you people is truly astounding.

    Furthermore, softdrink makers and others who supply those vending machines were all over this thing. They supported it. That would be the "captains of industry" getting behind this idea. Do you really think that with all the SCIENCE comig out showing what a horrible effect childhood obesity has on lifelong health, learning, etc., that Coke and Pepsi and other vending machine type food producers want to be known as the cause of it? Yeah, neither did they.

    December 2, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |