October 18, 2011

Senate Adopts Potato Amendment

On track to keep spuds in school breakfast and lunch

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch released the following statement today after an amendment to keep potatoes in school lunches was unanimously agreed to.

"We are pleased to see that our Senate colleagues agree with us and recognize that the potato is an important vegetable to keep in school meals.  It was clear that no one wanted to increase the cost of school meals, reduce local flexibility and make it more difficult to deliver the healthy foods our kids need."

Crapo and Risch were original co-sponsors of the bipartisan amendment authored by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mark Udall (D-Colorado).  The amendment will be added to the final language of the Agricultural/Rural Development, CJS and Transportation Appropriations bill.  A vote on the final bill is expected later this week.