School Nutrition Bill Makes Compromises
Nutrition guidelines for school lunches remain a sticking point in Congress.
Some schools say nutrition standards pushed by Michelle Obama are too expensive and that they’re unpopular.
A new Senate measure makes some compromises. Under the bipartisan bill, whole grain requirements would be scaled back and schools gain an extra two years to meet reduced sodium levels in meals.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Kevin Concannon says the goals are meant to fight the national obesity epidemic.
"We hope to have a bill this year," Concannon says. "But I’d rather not have any bill than any bill that would weaken it."
The measure is stalled in the Senate, however, while members try to navigate politically charged waters.