The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010 on Dec. 2, a new law jettisoning junk food in schools and requiring them to offer healthier lunch options as a way to fight childhood obesity. Congressman Lee Terry, who voted against the measure, came away concerned about the cost of the bill which will see $4.5 billion in new spending. “I absolutely support healthy school lunches and it is important that all kids get nutritious meals, but this bill goes too far,” he says on his official House website. “Instead of improving current programs this legislation goes further and adds billions in new spending and numerous government mandates to already financially struggling school districts. This bill goes so far as to regulate nutrition content for bake sales and concession stands at school sporting events.” The new law increases federal reimbursement rates for school lunches by 6 cents, the first rate increase in 30 years.


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