Diet and Nutrition

An eye for an eye: Collins continues her crusade for the suddenly political potato

Illustration by Matt Weurker for Politico
Posted Oct. 15, 2011, at 8:06 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 17, 2011, at 5:14 a.m.

Politico reports on the ongoing debate over the role of the lowly potato in school lunches. Today’s story focuses on Maine Sen. Susan Collins as she courts support for the spud from the most conservative and anti-regulation folks in the Senate.

“This is what makes people angry about Washington. It really is. It’s the kind of nonsensical, excessive regulation that increases costs enormously,” Collins is quoted as saying.

“The battle lines will be drawn Monday when the Senate is slated to take up an otherwise noncontroversial $19.78 billion agriculture and rural development bill, which includes funding for the Food and Nutrition Service within the department.

House Republicans had been content to attach report language to the same bill in June expressing concern about the new standards. But Collins, herself a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, wants an amendment to flatly deny funding for any rule that would limit the options available to local school districts or set ‘maximum limits on the frequency of serving fruits and vegetables.’

Read the whole story here.

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