'What's There to Even Discuss?' Omar Says Free, Universal School Meals Should Be Permanent

Posted on AllSides July 2nd, 2022
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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar argued Friday that free school meal waivers enacted early in the pandemic to forestall a surge in child hunger should be made permanent, a policy change that she characterized as a political, economic, and moral no-brainer.

"We have an opportunity to prove that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people can still deliver big things," said Omar (D-Minn.), the whip for the Congressional Progressive Caucus. "And we can feed tens of millions of hungry kids while we do it. What's there to even discuss?"

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