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House Dems to Mrs. Obama: No, we won’t raid food stamps for your pet project

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By Michelle Malkin  •  September 30, 2010 01:07 AM

Lots of last-minute rebukes of Team Obama on Capitol Hill to report as Congress adjourned for the midterm elections break.

The Senate gave the president the back of the hand on recess appointments. And now we learn that House Democrats rejected the First Lady’s aggressive push to fund her anti-childhood obesity/union payoff campaign by raiding the federal food stamp program.

Via Yahoo! News late tonight:

First lady Michelle Obama’s campaign for healthier school lunches has stalled in Congress after anti-hunger groups and more than 100 Democrats protested the use of food stamp dollars to pay for it.

Passage of the child nutrition bill, which would improve lunches in schools and expand feeding programs for low-income students, has been a priority for Democrats and hunger groups for years. But the groups and many members of the House switched sides when leaders proposed a vote on a Senate-passed version of the legislation that uses future funding for food stamp programs to pay for part of the $4.5 billion cost.

One hundred and six Democrats wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in August calling the move egregious, saying it was not a vote they would take lightly.

And Mrs. Obama won’t take no for an answer lightly, no doubt. Keep an eye on this one during the lame-duck session. What new taxes will the East Wing Big Nanny cook up to pay for her pet project?

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Related: Robert Costa describes the grim scene as House Democrats bade each other adieu on the floor after adjournment. Read the whole thing.

So long. Farewell. Goodbye. And hopefully, good riddance!

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