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H.R. 1066: American Food for American Schools Act of 2019

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Should schools be able to buy food for school lunches from anywhere in the world, even if it’s cheaper that way? Or should a waiver be required to purchase from any foreign country?


Sacramento Bee investigation and public records request revealed California school districts importing foods such as canned peaches from China for their school lunches, despite having not just one but four canned peach processing centers nearby. The Chinese alternatives were less expensive.

The National School Lunch Program, created in 1946, feeds about 30.4 million children. It was amended in 1998 to include a “Buy America” provision encouraging schools to purchase American foods and products for students “to the maximum extent practicable.”

However, these are only guidelines without the force of law.

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Sponsor and status

John Garamendi

Sponsor. Representative for California's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 7, 2019
Length: 5 pages
Feb 7, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Feb 7, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on February 7, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 7, 2019

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H.R. 1066 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1066. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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