Debate over school lunch nutrition standards delays agriculture spending bill

Republicans in the House and Senate want to use the bill to delay—or allow waivers from—school nutrition rules.

WASHINGTON—Nutrition standards for school lunches have turned into one of the most contentious issues in this year’s appropriations debate.

The lunch standards helped prompt House leaders to abruptly pull the Agriculture spending bill from the House floor last month, and they are shaping up as a potentially big vote in the Senate too.

Republicans in the House and Senate want to use the fiscal 2015 Agriculture spending bill to delay — or allow waivers from — rules aimed at putting more fruits, vegetables and whole grains on school menus and reducing sodium, sugar and fat.