A bad holiday ‘gift’ for kids that can’t be returned the next day.

December 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives debated the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307), a bill strengthening nutrition programs for low-income children during school and when school is not in session.  The vote was held up because of a procedural tactic. The House is so very, very close to running out of time to improve the health and well-being of hungry children throughout our country and in our state.  We must tell our members to act NOW (as in yesterday) and vote for the passage of this bill!  Calls to your House members are needed by 11:00 a.m. Central time tomorrow (Thursday).

I watched the House debate with butterflies in my stomach.  Many remarks stood out, and I’ll paraphrase without attribution:

“Child nutrition is at the heart of our social network.”

A representative who is a medical doctor used the word ‘idiocy’ to describe the bill.

“Children go to bed hungry at night.  How can that be?”

I almost admired the member who engaged in truly wondrous verbal gymnastics to manipulate the word “noble.” I didn’t because I abhor his position.

Another member told the story of a low-income second grader receiving school lunch and a hedge fund manager heading off to lunch in Manhattan. Hey, both need a mid-day meal. Who probably needs some help getting a wholesome one?

Here’s the latest: The House debated the child nutrition bill this afternoon.  A member filed a Motion to Recommit (above mentioned procedural tactic).  If the Motion passes, the child nutrition bill will return to committee dead on arrival.

Here’s what to do: Call your member of Congress and say: “Dear Member, please do the right thing for hungry children.  Vote ‘NO’ to a Motion to Recommit.  Vote ‘YES’ for passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”

Otherwise, hungry children will have to wait another five years.

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