Bill to keep 'federal food police' out of schools introduced

Bill to keep 'federal food police' out of schools introduced
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Rep. Ted PoeLloyd (Ted) Theodore PoeWith coordinated US action, Iran's expansionist strategy will backfire Overnight Defense: Judge orders Pentagon to accept transgender recruits on Jan. 1 | Trump eyes sending American astronauts back to moon | GOP reps want Iran sanctions over Yemen war GOP lawmakers call for Iran sanctions over its role in Yemen MORE (R-Texas) has introduced a bill to keep the "federal food police" out of schools, taking aim at Obama administration nutrition standards applied to bake sales.

Poe's bill, H.R. 881, would prevent federal nutrition standards developed by the Department of Agriculture under a 2010 law championed by first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaCriticism of Melania Trump shows a lot about the #MeToo movement Obama tells Letterman of showing off his 'dad moves' in front of Prince Smithsonian to unveil Obamas' portraits next month MORE from being applied to school fundraisers.

“The federal food police need to stay out of our schools,” Poe said in a statement. “First, the regulators came into our lunchrooms, then vending machines and now school fundraisers."

The nutrition standards, which limit the calories and fat in food sold in schools, including at fundraisers, have been controversial for some time. Poe has introduced legislation fighting the rules before. 

There has been enough pushback that last summer, USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon wrote a blog post titled "Setting the Record Straight: Healthy School Meal Rules Allow for Bake Sales."

He pointed out that states can choose to exempt themselves from the standards and allow any kind of food at bake sales if they want. The rules also only apply during the school day, so do not affect sales at events like sports games. 

So far, 22 states have exemptions from the rules, The Associated Press reports. Texas, Poe's state, is not one of those states.

"Washington bureaucrats have no business telling any American (no matter what age) what they can and cannot eat," Poe said in the statement. "Not only is this rule an example of gross government overreach, it is also denying public schools funds for extra-curricular activities. Congress should not fund any efforts to implement this abuse of government power.”