Conservative Republicans Vote Against School Lunches

March 04, 2010 6:11 pm ET — Walid Zafar

For the second day in a row, a rather uncontroversial piece of legislation came to the House for a vote, and for a second time, conservative Republicans voted against it.  Yesterday, it was H.R. 4247, a school safety bill and today, H. Res. 362, a school lunch bill. Introduced by Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA), the resolution expresses the support of the House of Representatives for the goals and ideals of the National School Lunch Program. 

A little about the NSLP:

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in over 101,000 public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to more than 30.5 million children each school day in 2008. In 1998, Congress expanded the National School Lunch Program to include reimbursement for snacks served to children in afterschool educational and enrichment programs to include children through 18 years of age.

In all, 13 Republicans voted against the resolution, presumably with the belief that the federal government has no roll feeding poor children.  Among the detractors was Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) who has long subscribed to the idea that the right to food is a Communist construct.  

Broun (GA)

Garrett (NJ)


Poe (TX)