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Gohmert Introduces Bill Preventing Federal Government from Mandating Food Requirements for Schools

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Washington, September 19, 2014 | comments

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding his bill, the ‘‘EDIBLE Act” which is an acronym for the longer name of the bill, the ‘Eliminate Dogmatic Interference by Bureaucratic Lunch Extremists Act', which would prevent the federal government from making any food mandates or requirements for schools that are not completely paid for with federal funds:

"The best thing the federal government could do, regarding the federal food mandates for students, is completely drop the demands. It is grossly unfair for unelected bureaucrats or spouses of elected officials to mandate what must be eaten and not eaten where they have never lived, resided or eaten.

When cafeteria workers have shown me the list of allowed foods, I was shocked that there were so many foods that I had never even heard of as well as foods I did not eat as an east Texas student. Now as an east Texas adult it is exceedingly clear that the best control is local control, and that is especially true of students' food.’  Cafeteria workers all over east Texas have complained about the massive amount of food they are federally required to cook and throw away. Sanity must return to local school menus.”

Congressman Louie Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He also served as Chief Justice of Texas'12th Court of Appeals.

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