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H.R. 6299 (114th): American Food for American Schools Act of 2016

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 14, 2016 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6299

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 14, 2016

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce

A BILL

To amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to require a school food authority to make publicly available any waiver of the Buy American requirement, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the American Food for American Schools Act of 2016.

2.

Waiver to purchase foreign commodities or products

(a)

In general

Section 12(n)(2) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1760(n)(2)) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (A), by striking subparagraph (B) and inserting subparagraphs (B) and (C); and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(C)

Waiver

(i)

Waiver request

A school food authority shall request from the Secretary a waiver of subparagraph (A) to purchase foreign commodities or products.

(ii)

Requirements

The Secretary may not grant a waiver to purchase foreign commodities or products under clause (i) unless—

(I)

such commodities or products—

(aa)

are not produced or manufactured domestically in sufficient amounts or of satisfactory quality; and

(bb)

if purchased domestically, would be significantly higher in price than such foreign commodities or products; and

(II)

the school enters into an agreement under clause (iii).

(iii)

Agreement

The Secretary may not grant a waiver under clause (i) unless the school food authority requesting such waiver agrees to—

(I)

make the waiver publicly available on the website of the school food authority;

(II)

email a notification of the waiver to parents or guardians of students who will be served the foreign commodity or product purchased pursuant to such waiver; and

(III)

display a notice described in clause (iii) on each school menu and school campus where such foreign commodities or products are served.

(iv)

Notice described

The notice described in this clause is a physical notice that specifies the foreign commodities or products (and their countries of origin) served at the school campus at which such notice is displayed.

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(b)

Definition of foreign commodity

Section 12(n)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1760(n)(1)) is amended to read as follows:

(1)

Definitions

In this subsection:

(A)

Domestic commodity or product

The term domestic commodity or product means—

(i)

an agricultural commodity that is produced in the United States; and

(ii)

a food product that is processed in the United States substantially using agricultural commodities that are produced in the United States.

(B)

Foreign commodity or product

The term foreign commodity or product means a commodity or product other than a domestic commodity or product.

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(c)

Conforming amendments

Section 12(n) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1760(n)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (3), by striking Paragraph (2)(A) and inserting Subparagraphs (A) and (C) of paragraph (2); and

(2)

in paragraph (4), by striking Paragraph (2)(A) and inserting Subparagraphs (A) and (C) of paragraph (2).