And now we learn that the House version of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill would, in fact, roll back the USDA's improvements to school meal nutrition standards. You know, the ones that cut back on junk food options and ramp up food and vegetable options for kids while in school? Is it too soon to call the House objectively anti-health? And their bill also cuts back on assistance for poorer children of working families. House Republicans not only seem unacquainted with the notion that junk food corporations shouldn't have all the say about everything, they also seem unacquainted with the notion that you have to spend money to save money -- spending a little money on better nutrition for children now saves a lot more money in health care costs later on when those kids aren't obese and/or diabetic adults. Strange, that the "party of business" doesn't get that. But who am I kidding? Republicans are haters, simple and plain -- do something good and they're against it. They'll answer to their God for it, but in the meantime, CREDO helps you tell your House Rep to reject the House's version of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell Congress to stop cutting veterans' benefits, then the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America still helps you do that. In an apparent response to public pressure (what, you think they have pangs of conscience?), the Senate stripped out a proposed 50% cut to veterans' childrens' housing using transferred Post-9.11 GI Bill benefits. But the House bill (the notorious H.R. 3016) still contains that cut, and the Senate version still cuts Post-9.11 GI Bill housing benefits by $3.4 billion over the next five years. You know, I can think of better solutions to funding "crises" like these -- don't send our soldiers off to bomb the crap out of faraway places to achieve impossible goals, or invest in actual job-creation projects (like fixing our outdated sewer systems, amirite?) that result in more tax revenue flowing back to our government. It's possible that such solutions could only be implemented by a Congress with a completely different character than this one. But we're all about helping people build character.