As the Hill reports, "health groups are calling the Senate bill to reauthorize the healthy school meal standards championed by First Lady Michelle Obama a compromise everyone can live with."
It's a big day in the world of school food.
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced the bipartisan Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016. The bill is a strong one, that both maintains progress on nutrition standards and quality of foods offered while addressing some of the concerns put forth by opposing stakeholders.
What's interesting is to look at how different organizations have responded to this long process.
Here are a few examples:
Center for Science in the Public Interest - "Child Nutrition Bill in Senate Reflects Bipartisan Compromise"
The Pew Charitable Trusts - Pew Praises Bipartisan Senate Bill to Reauthorize Child Nutrition Act
School Nutrition Association (largely opposed to some of the standards initially proposed) - Agreement Reached on School Nutrition Standards
BeyondChron - Proposed School Lunch Rules a Win for Kids' Health
The bill is scheduled for a Committee vote on Wednesday, January 20 at 10am ET, which you can watch here.
All in all, a strong bill with rare bipartisan support. Now the Senate Ag Committee votes on the bill, then the full Senate does the same. The House will hopefully soon release its version of the reauthorization bill and then ultimately the final legislation is likely a compromise between the two. Let's hope it moves swiftly through this process.