Congressmen Steve King (R-IA) and Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) have introduced the "No Hungry Kids Act" which seeks to overturn  School Lunch Program Nutrition Standards issued by the USDA in January 2012.

In a statement on his website, Congressman King explains his perception that:

“Recently released school lunch standards have left children around the nation hungry during their school day due to extreme calorie rationing. The "No Hungry Kids Act" repeals the USDA rule that created the new standards, prohibits the USDA's upper caloric limits, and will protect rights of parents to send their children to school with the foods of their choice. For the first time in history, the USDA has set a calorie limit on school lunches. The goal of the school lunch program was- and is- to ensure students receive enough nutrition to be healthy and to learn. The misguided nanny state, as advanced by Michelle Obama's "Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act," was interpreted by Secretary Vilsack to be a directive that, because some kids are overweight, he would put every child on a diet. Parents know that their kids deserve all of the healthy and nutritious food they want."

It is our policy to generally refrain from editorial comment on this Blog (except for comments in our “Essays” section). Nevertheless, we do point out the Congressman’s judgment as to what is “enough nutrition” in his evaluation of a program guided by the National Institutes of Medicine. We also refer our readers to our Essay comments on Antiscience Denialism and the fact that fewer than 5% of US Members of Congress have earned educational credentials in any field of science (Noting also that Congressman King lacks a university degree in any field). See our post, “Too many lawyers, not enough scientists” (Essays August 2, 2011).

We post below: (1) HR-6418 the “No Hungry Kids Act”; (2) 77 FR 4088 “Nutrition Standards Final Rule” published on January 26, 2012; and (3) PL-111-296 the “healthy Hunger Free Kids Act which was signed by President Obama on December 13, 2010.