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house Bill H.R. 1241

Should Waivers be Required to Buy Foreign Food for the National School Lunch Program?

Argument in favor

This commonsense, bipartisan bill ensures that Buy American provisions in the National School Lunch Program are followed by requiring waivers whenever school food authorities want to buy foreign commodities or products because of the scarcity or cost of domestic options.

Jennifer 's Opinion
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04/22/2018
OMG, do any Trump haters actually read the bills? As it stands now, school programs are buying less safer products from overseas. No, this administration didn’t create another law against their deregulation agenda. This bi-partisan bill only deems that schools must now ask for a waiver, making it transparent, as to why they are not buying American food products. So again, your hatred of Trump colors your thinking... you care more about getting Trump out of office than about our children and their safety! And although this is a federal food program, and not a state program as it stands now, whether it could become a state’s one is a question for another day. And, if Trump had completely deregulated this program, you’d all be screaming that he’s trying to kill our children!
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04/22/2018
Support US producers as much as possible and use foreign as little as possible.
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Gopin2020's Opinion
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04/22/2018
Yes definitely, I want American kids to have the best and safest food at school to eat period.
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Argument opposed

The current exceptions process for Buy American provisions in the National School Lunch Program is sufficient, as a more stringent waiver request process would lead to more domestic goods being purchased which cost taxpayers more.

burrkitty's Opinion
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04/22/2018
Let’s not make it more difficult to feed our kids at school. We don’t need this red tape at the federal level. If a state wants to force their education system to use local product, then the state can make the law. In California and in the Pacific Northwest, where nutritious food is grown locally and is very high-quality, this law makes sense, but ONLY at a state level because the West Coast is unique in that regard. Making this a federal law forces many states that cannot provide quality products en masse to pay a lot more and those states are the ones who are at least able to do so, where more children need the security of school-based nutrition, and where the education funding is at its lowest. We cannot put another roadblock in the way of the children of “flyover” states, just to sell more California agriculture to the public school system. If California is trying to sell more California agriculture to California schools, fine, let them make a state law. Either way, this doesn’t belong to the federal level. The USA does not produce enough of all kinds of food in every season of the year in order to supply food to every school in the country. That just doesn’t jive with reality. I’m a progressive liberal from the PNW, but this is just a bad idea. This disproportionately hurts the central states where the education systems can’t afford more economic damage. As a Washington resident, I would rather feed more kids in the poor central states than sell more apples and asparagus and feed fewer kids. Remember, it’s not the children’s fault they live there.
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Marc's Opinion
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04/22/2018
The USA does not produce enough of all kinds of food in every season of the year in order to supply food to every school in the land. This is nothing more than political interference in normal everyday lives of Americans. Plus it will add more cost for schools
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David's Opinion
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04/22/2018
I believe this should be controlled at the state and not the Federal level. States have different levels of access to different foods, what is good for Maine may not work for Alaska.
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    OMG, do any Trump haters actually read the bills? As it stands now, school programs are buying less safer products from overseas. No, this administration didn’t create another law against their deregulation agenda. This bi-partisan bill only deems that schools must now ask for a waiver, making it transparent, as to why they are not buying American food products. So again, your hatred of Trump colors your thinking... you care more about getting Trump out of office than about our children and their safety! And although this is a federal food program, and not a state program as it stands now, whether it could become a state’s one is a question for another day. And, if Trump had completely deregulated this program, you’d all be screaming that he’s trying to kill our children!
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    Let’s not make it more difficult to feed our kids at school. We don’t need this red tape at the federal level. If a state wants to force their education system to use local product, then the state can make the law. In California and in the Pacific Northwest, where nutritious food is grown locally and is very high-quality, this law makes sense, but ONLY at a state level because the West Coast is unique in that regard. Making this a federal law forces many states that cannot provide quality products en masse to pay a lot more and those states are the ones who are at least able to do so, where more children need the security of school-based nutrition, and where the education funding is at its lowest. We cannot put another roadblock in the way of the children of “flyover” states, just to sell more California agriculture to the public school system. If California is trying to sell more California agriculture to California schools, fine, let them make a state law. Either way, this doesn’t belong to the federal level. The USA does not produce enough of all kinds of food in every season of the year in order to supply food to every school in the country. That just doesn’t jive with reality. I’m a progressive liberal from the PNW, but this is just a bad idea. This disproportionately hurts the central states where the education systems can’t afford more economic damage. As a Washington resident, I would rather feed more kids in the poor central states than sell more apples and asparagus and feed fewer kids. Remember, it’s not the children’s fault they live there.
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    The USA does not produce enough of all kinds of food in every season of the year in order to supply food to every school in the land. This is nothing more than political interference in normal everyday lives of Americans. Plus it will add more cost for schools
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    I believe this should be controlled at the state and not the Federal level. States have different levels of access to different foods, what is good for Maine may not work for Alaska.
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    Support US producers as much as possible and use foreign as little as possible.
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    No, schools should have to request a waiver to serve overly processed, sugar filled, dye filled, fake food instead of real vegetables and healthy food.
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    Yes definitely, I want American kids to have the best and safest food at school to eat period.
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    I will vote NO on foreign food wavers for our school lunch system. Sure, domestic foods may cost more, but domestic producers are supported, not foreign governments and business. As an afterthought, under what Constitutional Amendment supports National School Food Programs? None! Just another socialist program to create Federal Dependency.
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    This is an issue to be handled at the state level and on an individual basis. For example Governor Ivey of Alabama likely has very different concerns than Governor Walker of Alaska. Seems like a power grab to force some states to pay unnecessary regulatory fees from their meager education budget.
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    Can someone please tell me where the responsible adults with a brain are being held? These are our children, the future of this country and if this planet. Can’t the local governments work with the farmers, grocery stores, or food distributors to get better pricing on local, fresh, healthy food? If the Republicans who put forth a bill that has no cost analysis at this time or no plan of action, then why and how is this even being considered and voted on. Do what you are supposed to do and take care you of the people within your districts. Maybe stop the tax cuts in these major corporations, make them pay a higher tax and take care of the people for a change.
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    This should be handled at the state level. There are a lot of areas of the country where local produce is difficult to obtain or prohibitively expensive. These states, with smaller taxpayer bases or no state income tax at all, may not be able to afford it. The federal government should stay out of it.
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    If we pass this, we're have to guarantee schools have the money to buy domestic. Our goods aren't necessarily exempt from recall.
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    First they should be focusing on giving healthier meals to students, as a homeschooled student/ past public school student I know that I can eat a lot healthier without that unhealthy school meals. This may not effect kids right away at our age but it comes back to bite humans in the ass, no offense but you older generation is obese and it is going to carry on to mine. Nothing is being done about it. First Lady Michelle Obama was working on this and now we have stopped, this should be another priority beside the other hundreds of priorities.
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    Our local school lunch programs have been trying to make school lunch more popular by trying to adapt ethnic recipes & immigrant recipes from local communities & this has been popular w all the kids. I don't wan't some jingoistic buy american program to force my local lunch ladies to have to try to source U.S. grown tamarind paste or fish sauce or else close the program.
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    This sounds like an obvious money racket. And will only do more harm than good. Why is this even an issue to debate when there are more pressing issues that need serious attention?
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    If the objective is to ensure schools are serving safe, healthy food to our children, then it should require food to be purchased from properly regulated sources. This falls under the purview of the FDA—not the USDA. This bill is an attempt to prop up the American agriculture industry at the expense of already-cash-strapped school systems.
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    First, schools need fully funded. Once they are given the funding necessary to run all programs, including a lunch program the way they should be then we can discuss regulations that require local healthy food. Second, along with buying local it also needs to be healthy. Get the candy, soda, and junk out of schools.
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    States should decide what the standards should be for the food allowed in their schools.
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    How stupid can we get. I buy cherry tomatoes in Walmart and Market Basket and even look for USA grown and they are seldom available. So if a school went to Walmart they would need a waiver most of the time. Lot of fruit and vegetables are grown in Mexico and shipped to USA. NAFTA is still in effect.
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    We need to make sure that school food authorities are buying more locally-produced food in order to help our domestic food industry instead of buying food from overseas some of which is certainly lower in quality, but is also detrimental to environment if imported from far away. Getting cheap products from overseas isn’t usually the best course of action.
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