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The notion that Congress could consider pizza a vegetable may be just too much to digest. The SLICE Act, for School Lunch Improvements for Children’s Education, has been introduced in response to congressional action last fall ensuring that two tablespoons of tomato paste slathered on pizza could continue to be classified as a full vegetable serving in the federal school lunch program.
"Pizza certainly has its place in school meals, but equating it with broccoli, carrots and celery seriously undermines this nation’s efforts to support children’s health and their ability to learn because of better school nutrition," Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), the bill’s chief sponsor, said in a letter to colleagues seeking their support for the measure. "Its nutritional content should be accurately reflected in school meal standards."
"Daily Show"host Jon Stewart, citing Congress’ struggle to come up with a deficit-reduction plan, joked: "So the one thing that you've all been able to sit down and agree upon is that pizza is a vegetable." Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) mused that as candidates hit the campaign trail, maybe voters should "pin them down on whether or not they believe pizza is a vegetable.