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Bill proposed would change nutrition guidelines on school lunches

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A bill was proposed by four Arkansas House members that would permanently lift the cap on proteins and grains put into place by the USDA.

Congressman Rick Crawford and three other Arkansas House members--Tim Griffin, Steve Womack and Tom Cotton-- are introducing legislation to alter the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

This new measure is called the "Sensible School Lunch Act. In October, 2012 Congessman Rick Crawford held a school lunch roundtable discussion right here in Jonesboro. From the feedback he got at that meeting, helped launch this new proposal.

Crawford told Region 8 News Tuesday the legislation it proposes "flexibility" in meeting nutritional guidelines.

"Just as an example, there's a 13-year-old 8th grader that can't eat any more protein than a 5-year-old Kindergartner.  That just doesn't make any sense.  Then you have the same thing you have an active high school senior playing football would get no more protein or grain than a less active 14-year-old ninth grader", said Crawford in a phone interview.

Congressman Crawford also said he believes the bill would apply some common sense to the current program.

The House bill is a companion to bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators John Hoeven and Mark Pryor.

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