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Legislative Update - Fall 2014

Here are a few interesting nutrition-related bills that have been introduced in the United States House and Senate. These Bills can be followed at www.congress.gov/.
Legislative Update - Fall 2014

Legislative Update

  • H.R. 4904 – Vegetables Are Really Important Eating Tools for You (VARIETY) Act of 2014 – 113 Congress (2013-2014)
    • Introduced in House 06/19/2014.
    • VARIETY Act of 2014 – Amends the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide a financial incentive for supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) participants to purchase fruits and vegetables.
    • Latest Action was on 07/07/2014 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition.
  • H.R. 5417 – Bringing Awareness and Knowledge to Exempt Schools Against Legislative Encroachment Act – 113 Congress (2013-2014)
    • Introduced in House 09/09/2014.
    • Prohibits the Secretary of Agriculture from applying the rule entitled “National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010” to food sold as a fundraiser that takes place on the grounds of a school.  (The rule requires the Secretary to set nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools that are not foods sold under the school lunch and breakfast programs.)
    • Latest Action was on 09/09/2014 where it was referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
  • H.R. 5279 – SWEET Act – 113 Congress (2013-2014)
    • Introduced in House 07/30/2014.
    • Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Act of 2014 or the SWEET Act amends the Internal Revenue Code to impose an excise tax on the sale or transfer of any specified          sugar-sweetened beverage product by the manufacturer, producer or importer thereof.  Establishes the rate of such tax as 1 cent per 4.2 grams of caloric sweetener contained in such product.
    • Transfers revenues from such tax to the Prevention and Public Health Fund for the sole purpose of funding programs and research to reduce the human and economic costs of diabetes, obesity, dental caries, and other diet-related health conditions in priority populations.
    • Latest Action was 8/01/2014 where it was referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
  • S.2366 – Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2014 – 113 Congress (2013-2014)
    • Introduced in Senate 05/21/2014.
    • Amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a program providing eligible households with summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards that give children access to food during the summer months to: (1) reduce or eliminate children’s food insecurity and hunger, and (2) improve their nutritional status.  Defines an “eligible household” as a household that includes one or more children who are eligible to receive free or reduced price meals under the school lunch or breakfast programs.  Sets the amount on each summer EBT card at $150 per child in 2016, with adjustments thereafter reflecting changes in reimbursement rates for school meals under the school lunch program.
    • Latest action was 05/21/2014 where it was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Sara Laite, Vice President

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