Federal - HR 5003

A bill to reauthorize child nutrition programs, and for other purposes.

Introduced

April 20, 2016

Description

A bill to reauthorize child nutrition programs, and for other purposes.

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Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 1

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  • Dec. 8, 2016 — Reported to the House amended by the House Education and the Workforce Committee and placed on the Union Calendar. H Rept 114-852, Pt. 1Congressional Record p. H7566

  • Dec. 8, 2016 — House Budget Committee discharged pursuant to clause 2 of Rule XIII. Congressional Record p. H7567

  • June 30, 2016Cost Estimate issued by Congressional Budget Office.

  • May 26, 2016 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Kline, J. (R-Minn.)
  • May 18, 2016 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Bill Title
      R. Scott, D-Va. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would change the short title of the bill to the "Hunger Games Act of 2016."

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would change the short title of the bill to the "Hunger Games Act of 2016."

    Rejected by voice vote.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Free Meals Study
      R. Scott, D-Va. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would direct the Agriculture Department to study the effects of access to school-wide free school meals on student academic performance.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would direct the Agriculture Department to study the effects of access to school-wide free school meals on student academic performance.

    Rejected by voice vote.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Business Partnerships
      Allen, R-Ga. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would direct the Agriculture Department to conduct a study on utilizing private sector partnerships with schools to improve child nutrition programs. It would require the study to provide data on getting businesses involved in food programs.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would direct the Agriculture Department to conduct a study on utilizing private sector partnerships with schools to improve child nutrition programs. It would require the study to provide data on getting businesses involved in food programs.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Cultural Foods
      R. Scott, D-Va. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would remove the exemption from nutrition standards for food items considered to be cultural foods.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would remove the exemption from nutrition standards for food items considered to be cultural foods.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Salad Bars
      Takano, D-Calif. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would provide competitive grants and technical assistance to school districts that need help in setting salad bars that would be part of a school cafeteria's reimbursable meal offering.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would provide competitive grants and technical assistance to school districts that need help in setting salad bars that would be part of a school cafeteria's reimbursable meal offering.

    Withdrawn.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Paperwork and Monitoring Requirements
      Stefanik, R-N.Y. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would require the Agriculture Department and the Department of Health and Human Services to issue guidance to states on ways to reduce duplicative paperwork and monitoring requirements for providers in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would require the Agriculture Department and the Department of Health and Human Services to issue guidance to states on ways to reduce duplicative paperwork and monitoring requirements for providers in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Nutrition Consult
      Polis, D-Colo. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would clarify that the Agriculture Department can consult with pediatricians, nutritionists and parents as part of its review of nutrition needs in a school district and whether a school district's food service program is meeting those needs.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would clarify that the Agriculture Department can consult with pediatricians, nutritionists and parents as part of its review of nutrition needs in a school district and whether a school district's food service program is meeting those needs.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Block Grants
      Brat, R-Va. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would convert the school lunch and breakfast programs into permanent state blocks and repeal the underlying laws that created them as well as the laws that created the summer food service program. The amendment also would repeal the laws authorizing the child and adult care food program, special milk program, team nutrition network, farm-to-school program, fresh fruit and vegetable program, commodity distribution program, nutrition promotion and state childhood hunger challenge grants.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would convert the school lunch and breakfast programs into permanent state blocks and repeal the underlying laws that created them as well as the laws that created the summer food service program. The amendment also would repeal the laws authorizing the child and adult care food program, special milk program, team nutrition network, farm-to-school program, fresh fruit and vegetable program, commodity distribution program, nutrition promotion and state childhood hunger challenge grants.

    Withdrawn.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — College Meals
      R. Scott, D-Va. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would direct the Agriculture Department to conduct pilot projects on more than 50 college campuses or at 10 university systems on providing free or reduced-price meals to low-income college students.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would direct the Agriculture Department to conduct pilot projects on more than 50 college campuses or at 10 university systems on providing free or reduced-price meals to low-income college students.

    Withdrawn.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Milk Sales
      Courtney, D-Conn. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would direct the Agriculture Department to study ways to boost milk consumption among schoolchildren with cafeteria meals or a la carte purchases. It would give schools greater flexibility in the types of milk they can provide to students.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would direct the Agriculture Department to study ways to boost milk consumption among schoolchildren with cafeteria meals or a la carte purchases. It would give schools greater flexibility in the types of milk they can provide to students.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Student Treatment
      R. Scott, D-Va. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would prohibit school districts or schools to publicly identify students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals or who have understanding meal debts.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would prohibit school districts or schools to publicly identify students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals or who have understanding meal debts.

    Withdrawn.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — EBT Choice
      S. Davis, D-Calif. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would give states that are part of a summer meal demonstration program using electronic benefit transfer cards to provide additional food money to low-income families the flexibility to allow recipients to redeem benefits at stores certified by either the Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would give states that are part of a summer meal demonstration program using electronic benefit transfer cards to provide additional food money to low-income families the flexibility to allow recipients to redeem benefits at stores certified by either the Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Community Eligibility
      Fudge, D-Ohio —

    Amendment that would remove a provision that would require a school to have a minimum of 60 percent of its students certified as low-income and eligible for free meals before it can provide free school lunches and breakfasts to all students.

    Amendment that would remove a provision that would require a school to have a minimum of 60 percent of its students certified as low-income and eligible for free meals before it can provide free school lunches and breakfasts to all students.

    Rejected 11-21.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Water Testing
      DeSaulnier, D-Calif. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would direct the Agriculture Department to create a process and a program for schools to test their water sources for lead and other contaminants.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would direct the Agriculture Department to create a process and a program for schools to test their water sources for lead and other contaminants.

    Rejected 11-22.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Water Testing Money
      R. Scott, D-Va. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would authorize $19 million for the Agriculture Department to create a process to aid schools and child care centers in testing their water sources for lead and other contaminants.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would authorize $19 million for the Agriculture Department to create a process to aid schools and child care centers in testing their water sources for lead and other contaminants.

    Rejected 11-22.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Community Eligibility
      Grothman, R-Wis. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would require a school to have 80 percent of its student population certified as poor before it could provide free breakfasts and lunches to all students.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would require a school to have 80 percent of its student population certified as poor before it could provide free breakfasts and lunches to all students.

    Rejected 8-25.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Nutrition Reviews
      R. Scott, D-Va. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would remove language that would require the Agriculture Department to delay further reductions in sodium levels in school meals and to make future revisions to school meal nutrition standards if schools or local governments say the standards led to higher food meal costs.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would remove language that would require the Agriculture Department to delay further reductions in sodium levels in school meals and to make future revisions to school meal nutrition standards if schools or local governments say the standards led to higher food meal costs.

    Rejected 11-22.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — A La Carte Snack Sales
      Bonamici, D-Ore. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would remove language that would allow a snack sold as part of a meal that meets nutrition rules and calories to be sold separately on an a la carte line without restrictions.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would remove language that would allow a snack sold as part of a meal that meets nutrition rules and calories to be sold separately on an a la carte line without restrictions.

    Rejected 13-22.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Training Hours
      Pocan, D-Wis. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would require school districts to either hold professional development or training sessions for school workers during work hours or to pay workers if training is held outside of work hours.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would require school districts to either hold professional development or training sessions for school workers during work hours or to pay workers if training is held outside of work hours.

    Rejected 16-19.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Verification Changes
      Takano, D-Calif. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would delete the language that would set the process for verifying a child or a family's income eligibility and determining if the child qualifies for free or reduced price school meals.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would delete the language that would set the process for verifying a child or a family's income eligibility and determining if the child qualifies for free or reduced price school meals.

    Rejected 13-22.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Parent Outreach
      S. Davis, D-Calif. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would remove the twice-a-year limit on the number of times a school district could contact low-income families with children who might quality for free or reduced-price meals.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would remove the twice-a-year limit on the number of times a school district could contact low-income families with children who might quality for free or reduced-price meals.

    Rejected 16-19.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Multilingual Information
      Polis, D-Colo. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would require school lunch and breakfast applications and information regarding free or reduced-price status be available in foreign languages in addition to English. If a child is disqualified because the family did not respond due to language issues, it would require the school food agency to reinstate the child until information in the appropriate language is sent to the family. It also would require the federal government to provide retroactive reimbursement to schools food agency for the meals.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would require school lunch and breakfast applications and information regarding free or reduced-price status be available in foreign languages in addition to English. If a child is disqualified because the family did not respond due to language issues, it would require the school food agency to reinstate the child until information in the appropriate language is sent to the family. It also would require the federal government to provide retroactive reimbursement to schools food agency for the meals.

    Rejected 13-21.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Demonstration Block Grants
      R. Scott, D-Va. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would strike language to establish a three-state demonstration project that would give the state and local authorities, selected by the Agriculture Department, control of school lunch and breakfast block grants and flexibility in adhering to federal rules.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would strike language to establish a three-state demonstration project that would give the state and local authorities, selected by the Agriculture Department, control of school lunch and breakfast block grants and flexibility in adhering to federal rules.

    Rejected 14-20.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — WIC Eligibility
      K. Clark, D-Mass. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would extend eligibility for the Women, Infant and Children supplemental nutrition program to 6-year-old children who are not in kindergarten or first grade where they would receive school meals. It also would increase to $12 from $10 the value of the monthly breast-feeding voucher.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would extend eligibility for the Women, Infant and Children supplemental nutrition program to 6-year-old children who are not in kindergarten or first grade where they would receive school meals. It also would increase to $12 from $10 the value of the monthly breast-feeding voucher.

    Rejected 13-21.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Third Meal
      Bonamici, D-Ore. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would allow daycare providers to serve a third daily meal to children that qualify for federal reimbursement under the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would allow daycare providers to serve a third daily meal to children that qualify for federal reimbursement under the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

    Rejected 15-19.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Third Meal Funding
      R. Scott, D-Va. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would authorize funding for third meals to be served as part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would authorize funding for third meals to be served as part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

    Rejected 15-19.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Meal Block Grants
      Grothman, R-Wis. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would require a school to have 80 percent of its student population certified as living in poverty before it could provide free breakfasts and lunches to all students.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would require a school to have 80 percent of its student population certified as living in poverty before it could provide free breakfasts and lunches to all students.

    Rejected 9-25.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Expanded Summer EBT
      S. Davis, D-Calif. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would expand the summer meal demonstration program that provides low-income families with additional food money via electronic benefit transfer cards for the months schools are closed. The amendment would authorize $127 million in fiscal 2018 and would increase the authorization to $326 million by fiscal 2020.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would expand the summer meal demonstration program that provides low-income families with additional food money via electronic benefit transfer cards for the months schools are closed. The amendment would authorize $127 million in fiscal 2018 and would increase the authorization to $326 million by fiscal 2020.

    Rejected 13-21.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Summer Meal Service Areas
      Adams, D-N.C. —

    Amendment that would allow summer meal providers to serve areas where 40 percent of children qualify for free or reduced price school meals. The current standard requires 50 percent of all children in an area to be eligible for free or reduced price school meals.

    Amendment that would allow summer meal providers to serve areas where 40 percent of children qualify for free or reduced price school meals. The current standard requires 50 percent of all children in an area to be eligible for free or reduced price school meals.

    Rejected 13-21.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Agriculture Regulations
    R. Scott, D-Va. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would strike language that would prohibit the Agriculture secretary from issuing any regulations not expressly called for in the legislation.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would strike language that would prohibit the Agriculture secretary from issuing any regulations not expressly called for in the legislation.

    Rejected 13-21.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Eliminate Nutrition Reviews
    R. Scott, D-Va. —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would delete language that would require reviews of nutrition standards every three years.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would delete language that would require reviews of nutrition standards every three years.

    Rejected 13-22.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — USDA Certification
      Fudge, D-Ohio —

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would authorize the Agriculture Department to delay implementation of the legislation until it can certify that it will not lead to fewer healthy school meals being served or make it more difficult for a high-poverty school to provide free school meals to all students.

    Amendment to the Rokita, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would authorize the Agriculture Department to delay implementation of the legislation until it can certify that it will not lead to fewer healthy school meals being served or make it more difficult for a high-poverty school to provide free school meals to all students.

    Rejected 13-21.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Substitute Amendment
    Rokita, R-Ind. —

    Substitute amendment that would set policy for the school lunch and breakfast programs, the Women, Infant and Children supplemental nutrition program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and the Special Milk Program.

    As amended it would establish a pilot project for three states to test out block grants for school lunch and breakfast programs. It would add a requirement that states that use competitive bidding in the Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program for baby foods other than infant formula to do an economic analysis of the effects of such bidding on local prices and product availability for consumers who do not participate in WIC.

    It would make schools with 60 percent of student populations eligible for free or reduced-price meals eligible to provide free school lunches and breakfasts to all their students students.

    The amendment would delay further reductions in sodium levels in school meals and increase the level of review school districts must take in verifying school meal applications for free or reduced-price meals.

    It would authorize a two-cent increase in reimbursements per school breakfast served in school year 2018-2019 that would rise to three cents in the 2020-2021 school year. The substitute would provide loan guarantees and competitive grants to schools to upgrade kitchen equipment and facilities.

    It would make schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Residential Child Care Institutions eligible for the Child and Adult Food Care Program.

    Substitute amendment that would set policy for the school lunch and breakfast programs, the Women, Infant and Children supplemental nutrition program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and the Special Milk Program.

    As amended it would establish a pilot project for three states to test out block grants for school lunch and breakfast programs. It would add a requirement that states that use competitive bidding in the Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program for baby foods other than infant formula to do an economic analysis of the effects of such bidding on local prices and product availability for consumers who do not participate in WIC.

    It would make schools with 60 percent of student populations eligible for free or reduced-price meals eligible to provide free school lunches and breakfasts to all their students students.

    The amendment would delay further reductions in sodium levels in school meals and increase the level of review school districts must take in verifying school meal applications for free or reduced-price meals.

    It would authorize a two-cent increase in reimbursements per school breakfast served in school year 2018-2019 that would rise to three cents in the 2020-2021 school year. The substitute would provide loan guarantees and competitive grants to schools to upgrade kitchen equipment and facilities.

    It would make schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Residential Child Care Institutions eligible for the Child and Adult Food Care Program.

    Adopted (as amended) by voice vote.

    May 18, 2016 — Committee Vote: Child Nutrition and Education — Vote to Report

    Reauthorize and set policies for the National School Lunch Program, National School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, Special Milk Program and the Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program.

    The bill would authorize funding for WIC to complete its transition from paper vouchers to electronic benefit transfer cards by 2020. It would reauthorize a summer meal demonstration project using EBT cards to provide additional summer food money to low-income families. The bill also would authorize demonstration projects in four states to be selected by the Agriculture Department that would test the idea of local businesses to provide meals in low-income areas during the summer.

    The bill would require the Agriculture Department to review school meal nutrition standards every three years and to revise those standards if local authorities report that the rules have increased operating costs or caused hardship. The bill also would direct the Agriculture Department to only issue child nutrition rules that are explicitly called for in the legislation.

    The legislation would exempt school fund raisers from school meal nutrition standards that limit calories, salt, sugar and call for more fruits and vegetables and whole-grain foods. The bill also would continue the summer meal electronic benefits transfer card demonstration program and cap it at $10 million.

    Reauthorize and set policies for the National School Lunch Program, National School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, Special Milk Program and the Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program.

    The bill would authorize funding for WIC to complete its transition from paper vouchers to electronic benefit transfer cards by 2020. It would reauthorize a summer meal demonstration project using EBT cards to provide additional summer food money to low-income families. The bill also would authorize demonstration projects in four states to be selected by the Agriculture Department that would test the idea of local businesses to provide meals in low-income areas during the summer.

    The bill would require the Agriculture Department to review school meal nutrition standards every three years and to revise those standards if local authorities report that the rules have increased operating costs or caused hardship. The bill also would direct the Agriculture Department to only issue child nutrition rules that are explicitly called for in the legislation.

    The legislation would exempt school fund raisers from school meal nutrition standards that limit calories, salt, sugar and call for more fruits and vegetables and whole-grain foods. The bill also would continue the summer meal electronic benefits transfer card demonstration program and cap it at $10 million.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) 20-14.
  • April 20, 2016 — Read twice and referred to: House Budget, House Education and the Workforce.Congressional Record p. H1896

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