First Lady Michelle Obama Hits GOP Over School Lunch Plan

Source: David Jackson /  USA Today

WASHINGTON – First lady Michelle Obama stepped into the political/policy arena Tuesday, criticizing House Republicans over a plan to permit exceptions to new federal nutrition standards for school lunches.

“This is unacceptable,” she said while meeting with an invited group of school nutrition officials. “It’s unacceptable to me not just as first lady, but also as a mother.”

Citing the rising incidence of obesity among children and adults, the first lady said “the last thing we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids health” and “now is not the time to roll back everything we have worked for.”

House Republicans said the proposal — part of an Agriculture Department appropriations bill — would be a temporary, one-year waiver for schools that are having financial trouble meeting the new food standards.

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