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Legislative Update - Winter 2015

Here are a couple of nutrition-related bills that have been introduced in the United States House. These bills can be followed at https://www.congress.gov/

Here are a couple of nutrition-related bills that have been introduced in the United States House. These bills can be followed at https://www.congress.gov/

H.R. 733 – SNAP Verify Act of 2015 – 114th Congress (2015-2016)

  • Introduced in House 02/04/2015
  • The SNAP Verify Act of 2015 would amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to require households that receive supplemental nutrition assistance benefits to present photographic verification at the time food is purchased with such benefits.
  • Latest Action - 02/27/2015 – Referred to the Subcommittee on Nutrition.

H.R.5891 – Michelle Obama Nutritional Act – 113th Congress (2013-2014)

  • Introduced in House 01/02/2015
  • Requires the nutrition and calorie standards for food purchased under the National School Lunch Program to be the same as the nutrition and calorie standards for food purchased under the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program).
  • Latest Action – 01/02/2015 – Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

  • The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submitted the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to the Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in February 2015. The Federal government will determine how it will use the information in the Advisory Report as the government develops the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. HHS and USDA will jointly release the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015 later this year.
  • The public is encouraged to view the Committee’s Advisory Report and provide written comments through midnight E.D.T. on April 8, 2015. The report can be viewed by clicking on the following link:www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/

Sara Laite, Vice President

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