September 24, 2020
ICYMI: Rep. Ron Estes Votes Against Nutritional Waiver Extension During COVID-19 Pandemic
Topeka, KS – Yesterday, Rep. Ron Estes voted against a bill to avert a federal government shutdown, including a provision to extend school nutrition waivers through June 2021.
“As 6.8 million Americans experience unemployment and Kansas families struggle to put food on the table, Rep. Estes voted against extending school nutritional waivers to keep our children fed,” said KDP Spokesperson Reeves Oyster. “During his first term, Ron Estes has proved himself as a rubber-stamp for Donald Trump’s reckless, out-of-touch agenda – no matter the consequences for hardworking Kansans. Kansas’ fourth congressional district deserves better, which is why they will elect Laura Lombard on November 3rd.”
- Kansas Representatives Sharice Davids and Steve Watkins voted for the bill; Rep. Ron Estes voted no; Rep. Roger Marshall was listed as “not voting” on the measure. The legislation now moves to the U.S. Senate for passage, where the House vote margin is considered likely to influence passage.
- School nutrition waivers were part of the federal CARES Act that sent billions of dollars to U.S. schools. The law allowed school districts some flexibility to serve school meals outside school buildings (such as “drive through” meals distributed in school parking lots) and to serve all students regardless of financial status and extended several other waivers as well.
- The United States Department of Agriculture, which administers the school nutrition program, recently extended the CARES Act waivers until the end of the calendar year but cited fiscal uncertainty in refraining from further extending the waivers.
- The continuing resolution appropriates “such sums as may be necessary” to extend the waivers through June.
- KASB asked Congress in May and August to continue to authorize the waiver extensions.
Learn more about H.R. 8325, the Operation Feed Our Kids Act, here.
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