Cutting food stamps to pay for healthy school lunches

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Washington, D.C. (NBC) - Besides giving schools their first increase in over three decades, a new bill would require public schools to serve healthier food. But there are many concerns how to pay for the bill.

The amount of money alloted to schools for food lunches hasn't changed in more than three decades.

Congress wants to bump that up by about a nickel per meal.

The new bill would require the Government to eliminate junk food in the lunchroom, in vending machines, and at school events.

The controversy is over how this $4.5 billion program is being paid for.
Congress would cut future food stamp programs.

The Obama Administration argues those cuts won't happen for three years.

The House could vote on this bill Friday. More than 100 Democrats, the Congressional black caucus, and unions oppose paying for the bill by cutting food stamps.

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