Exclusive – House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik Supports Mission to Block Biden’s War on Chocolate Milk
Elise Stefanik (R-NY), chair of the House Republican Conference, told Breitbart News in an exclusive comment Thursday that she will always fight for “the right of American students to drink milk.”
The legislation pushes back on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) move to restrict certain foods and drinks, such as chocolate milk and other flavored milks — and even regular, unflavored whole milk. to “reduce children’s chronic diseases.”
At the same time, the Biden administration has repeatedly attacked Republicans for pushing to ban irreversible gender transition procedures for children. Biden has said these moves by the Republican Party are transphobic and hateful.
Nevertheless, Stefanik and the House Republican Conference have passed legislation to ensure America’s schoolchildren have access to nutritious milk.
“Despite the efforts of the far left to eliminate milk, I have led the fight to ensure our children and families have access to milk and its essential nutrients. Flavored and unflavored milk provides necessary nutrients to our students, many of whom would go without if flavored milk were no longer provided in our schools,” the House Republican Conference chairman explained in a written statement to Breitbart News.
She continued, “Yet far-left Democrats like New York Mayor Eric Adams and Joe Biden’s USDA have tried to ban chocolate milk from school cafeterias. Our children deserve access to milk choices that are critical to their health, and I’m proud to have led legislation to stop these ban efforts. On behalf of America’s students and the hardworking dairy farmers in Upstate New York and the North Country who work tirelessly to produce milk for our families and communities across the country, I will always fight for America’s students’ right to drink milk!”
Under Stefanik, Republicans have led efforts to fight back against the nationwide milk ban.
This includes the following actions:
- In March 2022, Stefanik and Republicans sent a letter to New York Mayor Eric Adams calling on him to abandon his efforts to ban flavored milk in New York City schools.
- She then introduced the Protecting School Milk Choices Act to ensure that schools participating in the USDA National School Lunch Program offer at least one flavored milk option.
- A month after the Republican letter, Adams announced a delay in his plan to take chocolate milk away from children in schools.
- In February 2023, Stefanik reintroduced the Protecting School Milk Choices Act to keep chocolate milk in schools.
- In March Stefanik LED a bipartisan letter opposing the Biden administration’s proposal to reduce the amount of milk available to families who benefit from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.
- In December Stefanik celebrated the passage of the Whole Milk for Healthy Children Act on the floor.
Dairy groups thanked Reps. Stefanik, Thompson and others for their work to protect milk from the Biden administration’s efforts to ban it in schools.
Jim Mulhern, the president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Foundation, said in a written statement in December:
NMPF thanks Representative Elise Stefanik for her continued, strong action to ensure Americans have access to nutritious dairy products and the numerous health benefits dairy products provide. Milk is a nutritional powerhouse and an unparalleled tool for providing the 13 essential nutrients children need to grow and thrive. We are grateful for Rep. Stefanik’s leadership and support for the Whole Milk for Healthy Children Act, which expands the types of milk schools can offer with 2% and whole milk. NMPF is pleased that the House today passed the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act, and we look forward to working with Congress to continue expanding access to nutritious dairy and other healthy foods for all.
Michael Dykes, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), said in a December statement:
IDFA applauds the strong, bipartisan passage of the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act by the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill would allow schools to once again provide children with a wide range of milk options that they can drink and that meet their individual needs – whether that’s whole and 2% milk, skim milk or lactose-free milk. Both whole and reduced-fat milk provide children with 13 essential nutrients for growth, development, healthy immune function and overall well-being. A large majority of parents and medical and nutrition professionals know that offering these options increases school meal participation, reduces food waste and provides nutritionally valuable school meals for children and adolescents.
Dykes added, “IDFA is grateful to Chairman Glenn “GT” Thompson, Representative Kim Schrier, Representative Elise Stefanik and the many other lawmakers who have championed this effort for years to restore the full range of nutritious milk options in school meals. We strongly urge the Senate to pass this legislation.”
Sean Moran is a policy reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.
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