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House Stalls Child Nutrition Bill (VIDEO) UPDATE

House Stalls Child Nutrition Bill (VIDEO) UPDATE

UPDATE

Republican tactics didn’t work. On Thursday, December 2, the House of Representatives passed the child nutrition bill by a vote of 264 – 157, largely along party lines. The bill, a top priority for first lady Michelle Obama, now goes to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

After some scrambling, Democratic House leaders managed to arrange matters so that the Kline amendment, referred to below, would be voted on separately. Kline called the move by Democrats “nothing more than a cynical ploy to prevent members of Congress from legislating.”

House Republicans have blocked legislation that would have fed school meals to thousands more hungry children.

They accomplished this by adding an amendment that would have required background checks for child care workers, in a clear move to kill the bill. Because this nutrition bill is identical to legislation passed by the Senate in August, its passage would have sent it to the White House for President Obama’s signature.

An Increase Of 6 Cents A Meal

The legislation would both create standards for healthier school food, and also provide money to serve more than 20 million additional after-school meals annually to children in all 50 states. It would increase the amount of money schools are reimbursed by 6 cents a meal, and that’s a priority for schools that say they don’t have the dollars to feed needy kids.

Compared To $4 Trillion To Extend Tax Cuts To All

Let’s compare 6 cents a meal to the Republicans’ insistence that the Bush era tax cuts be extended to cover everyone, not just those making under $250,000 annually. This would result in adding about $4 trillion to the deficit over the next decade.

Feeding Hungry Children Costs Too Much?

What’s wrong with this picture? How can the GOP Senators send a letter to Harry Reid, the majority leader of the Senate, threatening to block all action unless the tax cuts are extended to all, while on the same day GOP Representatives refuse to feed hungry children? This is outrageous.

Watch Representative John Kline, R-Minn, explain that feeding our children costs too much:

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7:23AM PST on Jan 14, 2011

NEVER vote for Republicans.

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2:13AM PST on Dec 5, 2010

What John C said.

5:23PM PST on Dec 4, 2010

Don't really believe they are going hungry!

2:15PM PST on Dec 4, 2010

Children are the future! They should not have to go hungry. Show those on both sides that the people can come up with some ideas of their own, such as approaching huge grocery chains for donations of good food for the children.Volunteer parents preparing meals. Any other suggestions?

5:18AM PST on Dec 4, 2010

Ken B,
See if I can explain this to you. What if a member of your family wanted to go out and buy a brand new real fancy car, and you said, we can't. We don't have the money for it, but the person still goes out and buys it anyway!!! How would you pay for it?

1:46AM PST on Dec 4, 2010

I say again: what possessed the moronic voters who put theses ghouls back in charge? How can people vote AGAINST their own interests? The Republicans said they were going to do all these despicable things during the election - and the morons lined up and voted for them anyway! I SIMPLY DON'T GET IT!!!

11:26PM PST on Dec 3, 2010

I could never live in the United States in its current permutation.

You impeached Clinton for a BJ, but then you let the Bush regime revoke your constitutional rights, commit war crimes, and profit from war?

When Clinton 's reign ended and the IT bubble burst, the Republican counter was to create artificial stimulation in the economy by reducing the Federal Reserve's lending rate to 1%. This initiative alone started the cascading mortgage lending practice that has sent America into the throes of a recession.

But yeah, it's the democrats that are fiscally irresponsible.

*facepalm*

7:47PM PST on Dec 3, 2010

Why worry about our children's nutrition, as long as the wealthy get a tax break?

This is something most people don't want to hear, but, our nation cannot afford a tax break for anyone, logically. I won't be around to see a couple of generations from now, but certainly, the U.S.A. will find itself in a preposterous predicament. We are not preparing for our children's future.

China or India or both will 'fast forward' past us. When our citizens can't live without having everything NOW, we have an extreme problem, which is going to rear its ugly head and bite us in the butt.

I don't see a logical way for President Obama to get out of this mess.

6:55PM PST on Dec 3, 2010

Our deficit is due to Bush Tax cuts for the wealthiest, coupled with military spending, especially on two wars overseas. Reagan's tickle down theory also put our economy in jeopardy. Face it, the wealthiest 2% of the population is not going to spread the wealth except via taxation. The majority of we the people are for this. Follow the Clinton Plan, also the Obama Plan, and once again there will be plenty for all. This will mean food education & care for our children, jobs for us, cars, homes, travel, R&D, insurance, security....we can more people, the abused, homeless teens, wild life, animal shelters, charities, medical R&D, + afford health care and return to eatin more natural foods to avoid diseases. What is the Republicans mental illness? They are so blatantly petty and callous, that it is hard to believe that they are not being put in their places. There is something so wrong with them! How can we make them see that we see how bad they are?

5:06PM PST on Dec 3, 2010

Apathetic bunch of losers.

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