Lawmakers make push for potatoes

Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mark Udall (D-Col.) sure do savor their spuds. 

The potato-loving pair is pressing for their favored food, which is grown in abundance in their respective states, to stay in the lunches dished out to school children across the country. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is preparing to introduce new guidelines that would cut the amount of potatoes, and other starch-filled vegetables, served in school cafeterias. 

It's a half-baked idea for Collins, who is sticking up for the very veggie that she used to pick as a child growing up in Maine. Collins tells the Associated Press, “I certainly agree that french fries is not the healthiest choice, but a baked potato can be a good source of potassium for our children.”


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