By Caroline Schaeffer
The First Lady is jumping into the political arena following the recent announcement that congressional Republicans are taking another look at her school lunch program. Michelle Obama is taking issue with a GOP bill which would allow schools to opt out of the program if their food services were operating at a net loss.
Though Obama’s lunch program offers food with higher nutritional value, the mandates have proven too costly for schools across the country, and what’s more, students aren’t happy with the options.
Via the AP:
An agriculture spending bill approved by a House subcommittee last week would allow schools to waive the standards if they have a net loss on school food programs for a six-month period. Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., who wrote the bill, said he was responding to requests from school food directors.
Since implementation, the Agriculture Department has tweaked the rules in response to schools’ concerns. The School Nutrition Association has lobbied for changes to the standards.
Regardless of the expressed concerns, Michelle is driving forward with her standards, with the backing of the National Parent Teacher Association. The First Lady will be hosting an event at the White House in an effort to highlight the program’s success.
Somewhere along the way, the White House took up the idea that to compromise is to lose. The Republican bill is a compromise; it’s an attempt to fix the problems that schools across America have vocalized. But the Obamas aren’t happy unless they have a total win – regardless of how effective it actually is.