Washington (CNN) — First lady Michelle Obama’s push for a new child nutrition law has hit a wall in Congress — at least temporarily.
Democrats on both sides of the issue say the legislative overhaul she’s advocating is nearly frozen in the House of Representatives and very unlikely to pass before lawmakers recess this week.
A key bloc of House Democrats is threatening to vote against the Senate-passed child nutrition bill the first lady is promoting because it pays for the new initiatives in part by taking $2.2 billion slated for the food stamp program.
A spokesman for Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Massachusetts, told CNN Radio Wednesday their office thinks the measure probably won’t clear the House before the election break. McGovern has said he could support the bill if the White House gives strong assurances to House Democrats that it will replenish the food stamp money, which goes to low-income families.