Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Agriculture Appropriations Mark-Up and Vote

Jul 9, 2015 Issues: Health Care

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following statement after today’s Fiscal Year 2016 Agriculture Appropriation mark-up and vote:

“As of today, half of all Americans and a quarter of teenagers are diabetic or pre-diabetic. For the first time in our history, we are raising a generation of Americans who will live sicker and die younger than their parents. Yet once again, when faced with the opportunity to make the country healthier, my Republican colleagues on the Appropriations Committee voted to turn their back on the American people.

“Through this legislation, they are continuing to give unnecessary handouts to large agricultural producers while preventing dietary guidelines from being properly updated and weakening our nutrition labeling standards. This bill continues to incentivize already cash-strapped schools to not comply with sodium and whole grain standards in school lunches while prioritizing special interest tobacco companies.

“We need to stop incentivizing the production and consumption of unhealthy foods. For that reason, I was pleased to see the inclusion of language to study the importance of putting salad bars in our schools. We need to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables that will help keep our children healthy.”

Congressman Tim Ryan introduced the Salad Bar in Schools Expansion Act in June of 2015, which contains similar language included in the Agricultural Appropriation’s bill.