GOP makes final push for school lunch waiver

Dec 5, 2014 1:43 PM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are making a final push this month to give schools a temporary break from healthier school meal standards.

The rules phased in since 2012 and championed by first lady Michelle Obama require more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in the lunch line.

Some school nutrition directors have lobbied for a break, saying the rules have proven to be costly and restrictive. House Republicans have said they are overreach, pushing a one-year waiver that would allow schools to opt out of the standards for the next school year if they lost money on meal programs.

The waiver stalled this summer, but has new life as some GOP lawmakers are pushing to include it in a catchall spending bill to keep government programs running.

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