Fight continues over healthful school meals

If a measure passes in Congress, schools could have an additional year before making additional changes to meals.

WASHINGTON—Last year they battled over how much to help poor Americans afford groceries.

Now Democrats and Republicans in Congress are waging another food fight, this time over nutritional standards for students.

House Republicans this week punted on a vote on the 2015 agriculture spending bill containing a controversial provision to allow money-losing school cafeterias to opt out of federal standards for healthful meals. That delayed a showdown until the next few weeks, when the appropriations bill is expected on the floor.

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