Bill averting government shutdown includes funds to extend student meals

President Trump has signed into law a bipartisan bill that will fund government through Dec. 11 and provides additional assistance with school meals.

The measure passed in the Senate 84-10 and in the House 359-57. In Kansas’ congressional delegation, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts and U.S. Reps. Sharice Davids and Steve Watkins voted for the measure, while U.S. Rep. Ron Estes voted against it and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran and U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall were listed as “not voting.”

The bill includes nearly $8 billion in additional nutrition assistance for families and schoolchidlren, including an extension of a pandemic program that provides subsidized meals. According to NSBA, the measure extends waiver flexibilities for several child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program, through the end of September 2021.

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