Does Rep. Poe Want to Undermine the Financial Stability of School Meal Programs?

September 30, 2014 3:52 PM

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Sometimes a politician introduces a bill so monumentally wrongheaded that you have to wonder what he or she is thinking. Such is the case with Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) who recently introduced the "Bringing Awareness and Knowledge to Exempt Schools Against Legislative Encroachment Act" (BAKE SALE Act), that would prohibit any funds from being used to implement the USDA's new rules for school fundraisers like bake sales.

Poe is inexplicably railing against the USDA's newly-implemented Smart Snack nutrition rules for the nation's schools. The healthy guidelines require that snack items must be a maximum of 200 calories. There are also limits on fat, sodium and sugar, and the rules apply to all snacks sold via school ...

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