UPDATE: SEPT. 30: Writing in The Packer, Tom Parst announces that the child nutrition bill, which expires today, was not put on the schedule for a vote by House leadership because there were not enough votes to pass the legislation -- which had become controversial, as some of the monies to fund it were coming from the food stamp (SNAP) program. In a continuing resolution, the existing bill was extened for two months; at that time, a lame-duck Congress is expected to reconsider the bill.
As quoted in the Washington Independent, Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger: “I’ve been pulling my punches, and my progressive colleagues have been pulling their punches, because we’re rooting for this administration to succeed,” he said. “But honestly, if George W. Bush did what they’re trying to do, we’d be camping out in front of the White House. Goodwill only goes so far when tens of thousands of children need food.”
SEPT. 27: The House has scheduled votes on legislation only on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The vote on extending the child nutrition bill, expected last Friday, was postponed because House leaders were "unable to secure the needed two-thirds of the members to vote for the measure." The existing child nutrition bill expires Thursday. If the House does not pass extension legislation, Congress, in order to keep the program from expiring, would have to pass a "continuing" resolution, according to Lorelei DeSogra, at left, vp of nutrition and health for the United Fresh Produce Association in Washington, D.C.(Reported in The Packer.)
The blog Politico calls the struggle between the White House (specifically First Lady Michelle Obama, who views the bill as a cornerstone of her anti-childhood obesity campaign) and House Democrats (who oppose taking SNAP $ to pay for the bill) as a "food fight."