Congress Passes Child Nutrition Bill

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A $4.5 billion bill passed by Congress Thursday would expand a program that provides full meals to children after school in all the states.

The bill passed 264-157 and was sent to the president Wednesday as part of Michelle Obama's campaign to end child hunger and fight childhood obesity.

The bill would also try to cut down on greasy and unhealthy foods by giving the government the power to decide what can be sold in vending machines and served in the cafateria.

Opponents of the bill say it too expensive and that the government is overreaching its power. But, proponents for the bill claim that this legislation is needed to combat rampant obesity and hunger among children.

The new standards would probably keep popular kids' foods like hamburgers and pizza in school cafeterias but make them healthier. In addition, vending machines would be stocked with less candy and fewer high-calorie drinks.

The Agriculture Department would be given the power to write the new nutrition standards, deciding what ingredients could be used in cafateria foods and what foods could be sold on school grounds.

So, contingent upon the president's approval, the country could be making the steps towards combating child hunger and obesity. Or, is the government overreaching its power?

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