White House threatens veto of GOP school meal bill

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A House bill that would allow some schools to opt out of healthier meal standards drew a veto threat Tuesday from the White House.

The GOP spending bill would allow schools to waive the school lunch and breakfast standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama for the next school year if they lost money on meal programs over a six-month period. The House is expected to consider the legislation as soon as Wednesday.

In a statement threatening a veto, the White House said the bill would be "a major step backwards for the health of American children by undermining the effort to provide kids with more nutritious food."

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