Nutrition advocates were waiting on final word Sept. 27 from House leaders on the fate of child nutrition reauthorization legislation.

“The White House is still pushing and USDA is still pushing and the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity is still pushing,” said Lorelei DiSogra, vice president of nutrition and health for the United Fresh Produce Association, Washington, D.C. “We don’t know if the House has a game plan.”

The House has scheduled votes on legislation only on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 this week.

While expectations were that the House was going to vote Sept. 24 on the child nutrition bill, DiSogra said House leaders were evidently unable to secure the needed two-thirds of the members to vote for the measure.

If the House doesn’t pass the legislation, DiSogra said Congress must pass a continuing resolution to extend child nutrition programs beyond their Sept. 30 expiration date.

Child nutrition bill hangs in balance