First lady Michelle Obama’s campaign for healthier school lunches could be revived in Congress after two key Democrats said they would drop their opposition to a bill.
Reps. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Jim McGovern of Massachusetts have said they will support House passage of a $4.5 billion child-nutrition bill that the Senate approved earlier this year. Backed by anti-hunger groups, the two lawmakers had opposed that version because it would be partially paid for with $2.2 billion from future funding for food-stamp programs.
Now, a White House promise to help restore the food-stamp money, plus the political reality after the midterm elections—the bill might not fare as well when Republicans take over the House—appears to have softened opposition.
A version of this article appeared in the November 17, 2010 edition of Education Week as New Congressional Support Could Revive Nutrition Bill