Congress Wants To Revamp Obama School Lunch Changes

Congress wants to scale back on the Obama administration's plan to improve the nutrition of school lunches.

The bill drops attempts to limit servings of potatoes, and also removes limits on sodium and a requirement to boost whole grains. The bill also allows tomato paste on pizzas to continue to be counted as a vegetable.

The changes were requested by food companies and backed by Congressional conservatives who argued that the government shouldn't tell children what to eat.

Both the House and the Senate are expected to vote on the bill, which is part of a larger spending package, this week.


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  • by nita Location: dunn on Dec 9, 2011 at 09:57 AM
    I am happy a president thinks enough of children. Obesity is a major problem in the US and thanks for taking the time to worry about the children health. I have never got foodstamps or any public assistance thanks to the military but if i had to I would. Who care what people think shoot I would be able to eat. Some of you republicans argue about everything that OBAMA do did you argue when Bush and his dad put us in this mess, Clinton was another GREAT PRESIDENT but when one come in seat he is trying to clean the mess of the last president. Nighttrain you are always up here get a job. SHuck his plan must be helping you to sit home. You probably get mor public assistance than anyone. So tired of low lifes always trying to judge others. I am black never been in trouble make 6 figures so what?
  • by 40some on Nov 23, 2011 at 03:08 PM
    They should make McDonalds start taking food stamps. Problem solved. Kids would get three meals a day. They could put up McD's on every corner in the food deserts.
  • by Data Man on Nov 22, 2011 at 05:09 PM
    Obama is really leading this country in the right direction. Thanks for helping our kids. I wish you had more than 4 more years. I love this great first Family!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 at 12:14 PM
    Tomato paste...a vegatable. Really Congress, are the lot of you really that stupid? A. Tomato's arn't a vegtable in the first place, they're fruits. Secondly, how is a paste, a vegatable. It'd be like considering chicken stock a meat product. It's asinine.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 19, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    So the liberals think that this one meal the children eat at school healthy will make them all thin and healthy? As stated before it is not the food they are being served at school, it is the food they are being fed at home, the snacks before bed in between their video games or TV. The fault with obese children falls on the parents, they dont make them go outside and play, they dont cook them proper meals, instead the parents who have also grown lazy and obese take them to get fast food because they are too lazy to cook themselves. Dont they still have health class that teaches them proper nutrition in schools? Dont they still have physical education in schools?
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      by laura on Nov 21, 2011 at 10:37 AM in reply to
      For some kids, it's the only meal they eat. Think about that one tonight when you sit down to dinner.
  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on Nov 18, 2011 at 04:46 PM
    To somebody who has addressed the wrong party. Have been on the Washington Post for a week. Returned to a sarcastic remark from someone who needs to learn to spell. Plan to be on WITN for years. Would you please explain. Not a big issue but this has happened before. Thanks and God bless.
  • by Randy Location: Bath on Nov 17, 2011 at 08:55 PM
    Whats next Obama wants to outlaw Pickled Okra. LOL - Hope N Change should get people jobs! So they can feed their kids good food!
  • by Walter Location: NC on Nov 17, 2011 at 06:24 PM
    To - Jeff Location: Wilson, NC on Nov 17, 2011 at 06:58 PM. Tomatoes are labled a fruit in the USA. One medium tomato contains 1.08 grams of protein, 22 calories and 1.5 grams of fiber. Potassium - 292 mg Phosphorus - 30 mg Magnesium - 14 mg Calcium - 12 mg Sodium - 6 mg Iron - 0.33 mg Manganese - 0.14 mg Copper - 0.073 mg Zinc - 0.21 mg Also contains small amounts of other minerals. Vitamin A - 1025 IU Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0.046 mg Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - 0.023 mg Niacin - 0.731 mg Folate - 18 mcg Pantothenic Acid - 0.109 mg Vitamin B6 - 0.098 mg Vitamin C - 15.6 mg Vitamin E - 0.66 mg Vitamin K - 9.7 mcg Contains some other vitamins in small amounts. Veg or Fruit they are still good & healthy for you!
  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on Nov 17, 2011 at 06:11 PM
    It appears to me that our federal government should pay more attention to our national defense and less on what children eat in school. Budget is first and the school lunch program should be the last priorty.
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      by To Tyee on Nov 18, 2011 at 12:35 AM in reply to Tyee
      They are called "Departments" and each has it's own job! This would be the Department of Education. Defense is handled by the Pentagon. Budget matters are being worked on right now by the "super committe". Pay attention!
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        by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2011 at 01:37 AM in reply to To Tyee
        departments of the federal goverment equals inefficient, wasteful, non-coherent entities with no correlation of duties with each other. Each has it's own responsibilities at which they fail miserably at.... other than defense, CIA, FBI and even those have their issues.
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        by Tyee on Nov 20, 2011 at 01:13 AM in reply to To Tyee
        All departments should follow our constitution. Period.
  • by Jeff Location: Wilson, NC on Nov 17, 2011 at 03:58 PM
    Would someone please inform congress that Tomatoes aren't even a vegetable...ergo, derivatives of tomatoes do not qualify as vegetables. So I guess they'll proclaim pizza is a fruit next...LOL
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