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Lincoln Pleads for Child Nutrition Extension Passage

Senator asks for the body to pass the legislation.

Speaking on the Senate Floor Tuesday, Ag Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., urged her colleagues to pass the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 before programs expire on Sept. 30. The bi-partisan legislation would make the most historic investment in child nutrition programs since their inception. Chairman Lincoln noted that the bill is completely paid for.

"I come to the floor to ask for just eight hours of my colleagues' time," said Lincoln in her statement. "Eight hours that will change the face of childhood hunger and obesity in this country and put us on a path to significantly improving the health of the next generation of Americans.  Eight hours that will make an historic investment in our most precious gift and the future of this country – our children."

She pleaded for eight hours for this body to pass the bi-partisan "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act" that will reauthorize federal child nutrition programs and address two of the greatest threats to the health and security of America's children: hunger and obesity.

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