WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following consideration by the Senate Agriculture Committee, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today expressed her support for the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016:

“The bipartisan Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act provides meaningful reforms that scale back some of the burdensome federal requirements for school lunches, return broad program oversight to local and state authorities, and safeguard taxpayer dollars.

“I’ve heard firsthand from Iowans that the meals being served and consumed by our students under current standards unnecessarily tie the hands of local schools. This bill would give our states and local schools greater flexibility to implement meal standards that work best for the countless number of children who depend on school lunch nutrition.

“I am proud to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure our students have the needed quality child nutrition programs now and for future generations.”

The Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016 passed out of committee today by a voice vote and now heads to the Senate floor.

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