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EDIBLE Act Prohibits Federal 'Lunch Extremists' Dictating School Menus

By Craig Bannister | September 19, 2014 | 2:23pm EDT

In what appears to be a direct shot at First Lady Michelle Obama's wildly unpopular "Let's Move" lunch restrictions, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) introduced a bill to keep federal "bureaucratic lunch extremists" from censoring, mandating or dictating school lunch menus.

The EDIBLE Act ("Eliminate Dogmatic Interference by Bureaucratic Lunch Extremists," H.R. 5597) simply says that, if the federal government doesn't pay for the lunch, it can't micromanage it.

Full text of the EDIBLE Act:

A BILL

To prohibit the Federal Government from issuing or enforcing certain requirements for schools relating to food.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as-

(1) the ''Eliminate Dogmatic Interference by Bureaucratic Lunch Extremists Act''; or (2) the ''EDIBLE Act''.

SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOLS RELATING TO FOOD.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Federal Government shall not issue or enforce any requirements for elementary schools or secondary schools (as such terms are defined in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801)) with respect to food for which there is or will be a cost not covered by the Federal Government.

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