School lunch debate: bill would increase funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - The House could vote as soon as Friday on a bill that would give schools their first funding increase for school lunch in more than three decades.

It would also require food to be healthier, while eliminating junk food in the lunchroom, in vending machines and at school events.

"We find the political will to help small companies and small banks and now we're trying to ask the Congress to try and find the political will to help small children," Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said.

It comes at a cost.

The $4.5 billion program would be paid by cutting future food stamp benefits.

More than 100 House Democrats, the Congressional Black Caucus and unions oppose paying for it that way.

The Obama administration argues the cuts won't happen for three years, but hungry kids need healthy, affordable school lunch today.

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