September 30, 2010
Feeding America today expressed disappointment that Congress was unable to complete Child Nutrition Reauthorization before the September 30 deadline.
"We are committed to working with Congress and the Administration to identify a compromise that will allow the child nutrition bill to move forward, while addressing our very real concerns about both unmet access needs and the proposed SNAP cut ,, through another vehicle if necessary. America's children need a strong child nutrition bill, and they need it now," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America.
The Senate passed a bill in August that makes some important improvements, but does not fully address children's needs. The bill is paid for by cutting future benefits for SNAP participants, half of whom are children.
House leaders sought to bring the Senate-passed child nutrition bill to the floor for a vote last week, but House members objected over concerns about the cut for future SNAP benefits. House leaders and the Administration worked to resolve those concerns but were unable to reach an agreement before Congress adjourned yesterday.
"Far too many children lack the nutrition they need to be strong and healthy. This bill must improve children's access to nutritious food, especially during weekends and summer months, but it has to be paid for without cutting families' SNAP benefits," Escarra said.
Congress will return on November 15 after the midterm elections. Child Nutrition Reauthorization is one of several pieces of pending legislation requiring Congressional action in the"Lame Duck" session.
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