Led by Lincoln, Chambliss, bipartisan Senate majority urges Child Nutrition Act reauthorization
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letter makes clear there is strong, bipartisan Senate support to pass The
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 as soon as possible,”
“The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act received strong bipartisan support in Senate Agriculture Committee and I am hopeful this letter will encourage leadership to allow the full Senate to debate the bill,” Chambliss said. “Chairman Lincoln and I worked closely to make significant improvements to current law, including measures to simplify rules and streamline operations so more children have access to meal programs outside the school setting. The bill also strikes an appropriate balance by providing important tools to combat both childhood hunger and obesity.”
In addition to continuing USDA’s authority to administer child nutrition programs, The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 provides $4.5 billion in new funding over the next 10 years – nearly ten times the amount of money provided for the previous child nutrition reauthorization, and the largest new investment in child nutrition programs since their inception. The legislation also includes a six-cent increase in the federal reimbursement rate for the National School Lunch Program – the first time in nearly 40 years that Congress has taken such an action. The legislation is fully paid for.
this legislation to the Senate floor moves us one step closer to seeing this
historic, fiscally responsible and paid-for bill signed into law, improving the
lives of millions of hungry children and low-income families who depend on
these programs to make ends meet,”
Text of the letter is below. For more information on The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, go to: http://ag.senate.gov/site/legislation.html
May 27, 2010
The Honorable Harry
The Honorable Mitch
Assistant Majority Leader
The Honorable Jon
Assistant Minority Leader
Dear Senators Reid, McConnell, Durbin and Kyl:
We write to you today to urge swift passage in the Senate of S. 3307, the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.” This fiscally responsible and bipartisan legislation, which was unanimously approved by the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee on March 24 of this year, reauthorizes our nation’s major Federal child nutrition programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), including the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. Maintaining strong momentum for consideration of this bipartisan legislation on the Senate floor is critical as we work to improve the bill.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 provides $4.5 billion in additional funding over the next 10 years – nearly ten times the amount of money provided for the previous child nutrition reauthorization, and the largest new investment in child nutrition programs since their inception. The historic new investments provided by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 could not come at a more urgently needed moment, particularly given that the incidence of hunger and corresponding need for Federal nutrition assistance has increased dramatically in recent years.
In addition to
their role in preventing hunger, Federal child nutrition programs play a
critical role in promoting healthy lifestyles and combating the epidemic of
childhood obesity, a growing and costly public health problem for our nation.
Nearly 1 in 3 children throughout the
We understand that there are many pressing legislative priorities competing for consideration on the Senate floor. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 represents an historic opportunity to enact legislation that enjoys broad bipartisan support and a strong grassroots backing among anti-hunger advocates, public health organizations, as well as many members of the food and beverage industry. With child nutrition programs scheduled to expire on September 30 of this year, time is of the essence. Accordingly, the Senate should take up and pass this legislation at the earliest possible convenience.
Thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to working with you to reauthorize child nutrition programs during this Congress.
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