Republicans block child nutrition bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans have temporarily blocked legislation to feed school meals to thousands more hungry children.

Republicans used a procedural maneuver Wednesday to try to amend the $4.5 billion bill, which would give more needy children the opportunity to eat free lunches at school and make those lunches healthier.

House Democrats delayed a final vote on the legislation rather than vote on the amendment, which would have required background checks for child care workers. The Senate has already passed the bill.

Republicans say the bill is too costly and an example of government overreach.