House considers bill to waive school meal rules

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is considering legislation to allow some schools to opt out of healthier meal standards. It's a proposal that has drawn a veto threat from the White House.

The Republican spending bill on the House floor Wednesday would allow schools to waive meal standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama for the next school year if they lost money on meal programs over a six-month period.

In its veto threat, the White House said that the bill would be "a major step backwards for the health of American children" because it would undermine "the effort to provide kids with more nutritious food."

The school meal rules set by Congress and the Obama administration over the past several years require more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in the lunch line.

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