Congressman Tom Tiffany’s (WI-07) bipartisan amendment to prevent the Biden administration from banning chocolate milk in schools passed by voice vote. It will be included in H.R. 4368, the Agriculture Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2024.
Specifically, Tiffany’s amendment would ensure that none of the funds in the Agriculture Appropriations Act would fund a rule that will ban flavored milk in schools. In February, the Biden administration proposed a rule that would set new nutrition standards for school meals. If implemented, the new standards proposed could limit the amount of flavored milk, such as chocolate and strawberry, in high schools. Children in elementary and middle schools would be restricted to a variety of unflavored milk.
Earlier this year, Rep. Tiffany introduced H.R. 3930, the Milk is Indisputably Liked by Kids (MILK) Act of 2023. The MILK Act would amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to ensure continued student access to flavored milk.
Rep. Tiffany’s floor remarks can be found here.