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Michelle Obama praises House at time of tension

By Nia-Malika Henderson

At a time when some House Democrats are angry with the White House over a perceived lack of support, First Lady Michelle Obama offered something of an olive branch and a pat on the back Thursday, releasing her first written statement on House legislation:

"I congratulate Chairman [George] Miller and the House Education and Labor Committee on the successful bipartisan passage of a child nutrition reauthorization bill out of the Committee today. This important legislation will combat hunger and provide millions of schoolchildren with access to healthier meals, a critical step in the battle against childhood obesity. I urge both the House and Senate to take their child nutrition bills to the floor and pass them without delay. The President looks forward to signing a final bill this year, so that we can make significant progress in improving the nutrition and health of children across our nation."

A similar bill made it out of the Senate Agriculture Committee with bipartisan support in March. Both bills would significantly expand nutritional guidelines for lunches served in school and add billions to the school lunch program over the next decade.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  July 15, 2010; 12:16 PM ET
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