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2009-S1737 on Oct 1, 2009

Source: Expand School Meals Act (S.1737 & HR.3075)
A bill to amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to increase the number of children eligible for free school meals, with a phased-in transition period. Expands eligibility for free meals under the school lunch and breakfast programs to children whose family income falls at or below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines.


Sen. FRANKEN: In a country as wealthy as ours, it is shameful to let any child go hungry. That is why today, Senator Murkowski and I are introducing the Expand School Meals Act. By eliminating the reduced price meals category and replacing it with the free meal program, this legislation will ensure that low-income children are not denied nutritious food during the school day if their family can't afford to pay for it.

It is important to remember that this will improve student readiness for school. Parents have long known, and recent studies confirm, that children cannot learn on empty stomachs. Hungry children perform worse on achievement tests, have trouble concentrating, and are more likely to act out in school.

There are 3.1 million low-income children across the Nation eligible for reduced-price school meals. Currently, these families must pay 40 cents for each lunch and 30 cents for each breakfast their children eat at school. While this may not sound like a lot of money to members of Congress, to a family that is barely scraping by, especially in today's economy, the cost can be prohibitive.

I would like to conclude by commending my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their leadership in advocating for the extension of free school meals to children of the working poor. These efforts began with Senator Elizabeth Dole, who in 2003 introduced a bill that would have also phased out the reduced price meals category.

  • Topic: Families & Children
  • Headline: Increase number of children eligible for free school meals
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill for more kids eligible for free school meals

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 2009-S1737

Joe Baca s1sCalifornia Democrat
Mark Begich s1sAK Democratic Jr Senator
Howard Berman s1sCalifornia Democrat
Jeff Bingaman s1sNM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring)
Earl Blumenauer s1sOregon Democrat
Michael Capuano s1sMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009)
Russ Carnahan s1sMissouri Democrat
Andre Carson s1sIndiana Democrat
Kathy Castor s1sFlorida Democrat
John Conyers s1sMichigan Democrat
Elijah Cummings s1sMaryland Democrat
Donna Edwards s1sMaryland Democrat
Keith Ellison s2pMinnesota Democrat
Sam Farr s1sCalifornia Democrat
Bob Filner s1sCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011)
Al Franken s2pMN Democrat/DFL Jr Senator
Alan Grayson s1sFlorida Former Democrat (until 2010)
Al Green s1sTexas Democrat
Raul Grijalva s1sArizona Democrat
Alcee Hastings s1sFlorida Democrat
Maurice Hinchey s1sNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012)
Mazie Hirono s1sHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012)
Sheila Jackson Lee s1sTexas Democrat
Eddie Bernice Johnson s1sTexas Democrat
Carolyn Kilpatrick s1sMichigan Democrat (until 2010)
Mary Jo Kilroy s1sOhio Democrat (until 2010)
Jim McGovern s1sMassachusetts Democrat
Gregory Meeks s1sNew York Dem./Working-Families
Donald Payne s1sNew Jersey Democrat
Jared Polis s1sColorado Democrat
Silvestre Reyes s1sTexas Democrat
Jan Schakowsky s1sIllinois Democrat
Jose Serrano s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal
Pete Stark s1sCalifornia Democrat
Diane Watson s1sCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2010)
Peter Welch s1sVermont Democrat
Lynn Woolsey s1sCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012)

Republicans participating in 2009-S1737

Lisa Murkowski s1sAK Republican Sr Senator

Independents participating in 2009-S1737

Kendrick Meek s1sFL 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep.

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 37
Republicans: 1
Independents: 1

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