Sonny Perdue, president Trump’s newly appointed Agriculture Secretary, has announced his plans to rollback former First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch programs.
Perdue added that his intended goal is to allow states to have more flexibility with their school lunch nutrition without daunting federal oversight.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Friday that they will make their announcement at the Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Virginia with Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas.
Republicans have been wanting to do away with Michelle Obama’s constraints on school lunches for quite awhile, and it appears they are going to seize the opportunity to do so.
Conservatives made it clear with their messaging on Friday that they fully intend to scale back Michelle Obama’s overreaching plan that many are opposed to:
Republicans have long been trying to dial back the standards that became a pillar of former first lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to curb childhood obesity in the U.S. Roberts introduced legislation with Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) last year to give schools two more years to meet new reductions on sodium, but the bill never passed.
Renewed efforts to ease the federal standards came as disappointing news to some advocates.
There are plenty of other strategies that can be employed to make food more nutritious while not handcuffing states to comply with measures they disagree with.
Obama’s nutritional health plan for schools never aimed to work with individual states to craft plans that were tailored for them specifically. Her plan was a “one-size-fits-all” initiate that forced states to comply with the federal government or risk losing funding for other projects.
This initiative will scale back federal government overreach and allow states to have more power.
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