Senator Marshall Goes to Senate Floor to Request Passage of the Whole Milk For Healthy Kids Act

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. called for unanimous consent on the Senate Floor to bring the Whole Milk For Healthy Kids Act to a vote. Marshall’s legislation would reinstate nutritious whole milk back into children’s schools. 

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed their version of Senator Marshall’s legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support. Sadly, in the Senate, Senator Stabenow (D-MI) blocked our measure to get this important bipartisan legislation to the president’s desk. 

You may click HERE or on the image above to watch Senator Marshall’s full remarks.

Highlights from Senator Marshall’s remarks include: 

“As you all know, milk is the most delicious, most nutritious, wholesome drink known to humankind. There’s nothing ever been made anything like it.”

“Now milk is pretty special to me, and you might ask why. It was pretty simple. My dad grew up on a dairy where they milked Holstein cows every morning, every, every day of the year, 365 days a year.”

“Whole milk helps to keep growing kids- and adults- healthy and strong because it has 13 essential nutrients packed into one drink. Also, because of the fat content specifically in whole milk, it promotes the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, and K.”

“As an obstetrician, I cannot stress enough the importance of drinking whole milk to grow strong bones. It helps you have healthy babies, it helps with breastfeeding, it helps us all to grow strong bones. Now science has also shown that milk consumption provides additional positive health outcomes such as lower blood pressure, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, and reduced risk of type two diabetes.”

“As medical costs skyrocket, and the obesity epidemic worsens, I rise today to set the record straight. Milk is part of the solution – it’s not part of the problem. Now many fingers pointed at the dairy industry and millions of lobbying dollars have been invested in making lawmakers believe that milks the enemy.”

“Because we’re not encouraging our children to drink milk. We have a generation of young men and women who are going to have osteopenia and osteoporosis 10 to 15 years earlier than their predecessors.”

“Today, we can right this wrong and bring back nutritious whole milk to our children’s lunch time. Let’s bring back this tasty and nutritious option.” 

“The benefits of whole milk can’t be overlooked and certainly not substituted with skim milk or 1%. And certainly not by artificially flavored milk that’s loaded with empty calories.” 

“Bringing more healthy options back to school cafeterias is a slam dunk for American families.”