Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are deeply concerned about new guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture that would drastically reduce the use of potatoes in school lunches.
Earlier this year, the USDA proposed a rule that would limit the servings of starchy vegetables, including white potatoes, to a total of one cup per week in the National School Lunch Program. Sen. Crapo says the same rule would also ban starchy vegetables from the School Breakfast Program.
Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo comments on the USDA proposal to cut potatoes from nutritional programs.
Both Idaho Senators are joining Sens. Susan Collins, of Maine, and Mark Udall, of Colorado, to introduce an amendment to the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill to prevent the USDA from having schools cut the amount of potatoes served in school meals.
Similar language was inserted to the House Agriculture Appropriations bill by Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, which would essentially bar USDA from implementing the new rule.