On Thursday, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Child Kids Act of 2010 passed by unanimous consent in the Senate. The legislation represents the largest investment in child nutrition programs in U.S. history, allotting $4.5 billion more in funding over the next ten years.
First Lady Michelle Obama, who is among the most visible champions of improving child nutrition, offered a congratulatory statement to the bipartisan team of senators responsible for the bill.
However, despite this victory for advocates of child nutrition, the House has yet to pass a version of the bill that would nearly double the allotted funding.
The first hurdle to overcome is getting a vote in the House — any action is delayed due to representatives already being on their August recess.
Additionally, the House version of the bill, unlike that which was just passed in the Senate, is not fully paid for. It has been proposed that funding be taken from food stamp programs to beef up the bill, and that is not making all lawmakers happy.
President Obama needs to receive (and sign) the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act into law by September 30, or else most of the bill’s funding will expire.