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House Republicans have temporarily blocked legislation to feed school meals to thousands more hungry children. Republicans used a procedural maneuver Wednesday to try to amend the $4.5 billion bill, which would give more needy children the opportunity to eat free lunches at school and make those lunches healthier. First lady Michelle Obama has lobbied for the bill as part of her "Let's Move" campaign to combat childhood obesity.
House Democrats said the GOP amendment, which would have required background checks for child care workers, was an effort to kill the bill and delayed a final vote on the legislation rather than vote on the amendment....
The bill would provide money to serve more than 20 million additional after-school meals annually to children in all 50 states. Many of those children now only receive after-school snacks. It would also increase the number of children eligible for school meals programs by at least 115,000, using Medicaid and census data to identify them.
Let's just recap here. Food insecurity is a massive problem for Americans, with fully one in four people in this country requiring government food assistance, and millions more receiving assistance from food banks--organizations that don't know how they'll meet the demand of the 2 million people who will lose their unemployment checks by the end of the year.
Apparently, the GOP is fine with letting all those people--and particularly the children--go hungry. And the Democrats haven't figured out away to stand up to them to stop it.
Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Dec 01, 2010 at 07:30 PM PST.