The Last-Minute Fight To Pass The Child Nutrition Act

"It's this opportunity or we lose it," said Representative George Miller, a California Democrat and sponsor of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act (PDF), which was introduced in Congress in June of this year. "I'm afraid of this dying in the lame duck days of Congress."

Miller spoke yesterday to 1,300 listeners in a virtual town hall hosted by Feeding America and featuring Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Feeding America CEO Vicki Escarra, and Top Chef's Tom Colicchio. The forum reached out to thousands of party faithful in a last-ditch effort to save Miller's tenuous $4.5-billion bill, which promises more funding for school meal programs and improved nutritional standards. The town hall repeatedly encouraged listeners to call their representatives to push them to vote for the bill.

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