Senate Blocks Obama's Bill to Limit Potato Consumption in Schools
Hell no, potatoes won't go! Okay, we imagine it wasn't quite that dramatic on the Senate floor, but still. On Tuesday the Senate voted to stop an Obama initiative that would have limited the amount of potatoes and other starchy vegetables that can be served in school lunchrooms, The New York Times reports.
Had it passed, vegetables including white potatoes, corn, green peas and lima beans would have limited to a serving of one cup per student per week, and banned from all breakfasts.
The Senate blocked the bill by adopting an amendment to the 2012 spending bill, which prohibits setting "any maximum limits on the serving of vegetables in school meal programs."
While we imagine the president was likely trying to curb the ubiquitous side of fries, the Times quotes Senator Mark Udall of the potato-growing state of Colorado as saying, "Anything can be fried or drowned in any number of fats available to us as consumers," elaborating that potatoes shouldn't be vilified simply because they're prepared in unhealthy ways.
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