Child Hunger Bill Requires Budget Balancing Act

On the heels of a tax cut agreement that will likely punch a larger hole in the nation's deficit, President Obama is admittedly having the difficulty balancing the costs of another, lesser-known priority: The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

The president signed the bill into law Monday, which the White House says "will improve the quality of school breakfasts, lunches and other foods sold in schools while also strengthening nutrition programs that serve young children."

While the bill was supported by Republicans, Democrats, and the education community alike, the president conceded he wasn't happy with where they had to dig up the money to pay for it. "[S]ome of the funding comes from rolling back a temporary increase in food stamp benefits -- or SNAP as it's now called -- starting in the fall of 2013," the president said.

Mr. Obama added, "I know a number of members of Congress have expressed concerns about this offset being included in the bill, and I'm committed to working with them to restore these funds in the future."

First lady Michelle Obama joined the president at the signing. She laid out the stark ramifications of an under-nourished society.

"[C]hild hunger and child obesity are really just two sides of the same coin," Mrs. Obama said, referring to her well-known push against childhood obesity. "Both rob our children of the energy, the strength and the stamina they need to succeed in school and in life. And that, in turn, robs our country of so much of their promise."

The president signed the bill at Washington, DC's Harriet Tubman Elementary School.