As the Child Nutrition Bill makes extremely slow but somewhat steady progress through Congress, First Lady Michelle Obama is once again speaking out to encourage its passage. In a Washington Post op-ed piece today, she highlights that "our country has a major opportunity to make our schools and our children healthier" through reforming school food programs.
She goes on to underline why "it is so important that Congress pass this bill as soon as possible. We owe it to the children who aren't reaching their potential because they're not getting the nutrition they need during the day. We owe it to the parents who are working to keep their families healthy and looking for a little support along the way. We owe it to the schools that are trying to make progress but don't have the resources they need. And we owe it to our country—because our prosperity depends on the health and vitality of the next generation."
Advocates are pushing strongly for the bill's passage before the August recess. If the bill is not passed by its expiration date of September 30th, it will need to be re-written and -introduced in the following session, meaning the passage process must begin from step one.
Michelle Obama has previously said that "the President looks forward to signing a final bill this year." It looks like all the cards are in place for serious reform—now all we need is for Congress to do their part and pass the Child Nutrition Bill.