Berkeley Healthy Child Coalition Supports Proposed Federal Soda Tax Legislation
Today, U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) will propose new federal legislation that would place an excise tax of one cent per teaspoon of sugar in sugar-sweetened beverages, called The SWEET Act. DeLauro hinted at forthcoming legislation at the National Soda Summit, held in June by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The proposed tax is similar to the tax on Berkeley’s ballot, aimed at holding the beverage industry responsible for the widespread negative health effects of sugary drinks, like type 2 diabetes.
We strongly support Rep. DeLauro’s efforts and are thrilled that the idea of a soda tax has gained traction at the national level. However, with Republican leadership in the House of Representatives and Big Soda fighting against us, it will be a struggle to pass this federal legislation. That’s why it’s even more crucial that we pass a tax on sugary drinks in Berkeley, and take a stand against Big Soda at the local level. The citizens of Berkeley have the opportunity in November to make Big Soda pay for the damages it’s done to our community’s health by voting YES on the soda tax this fall.
Join this winning movement. We need your vote, your donations, your volunteerism, and your voice asking friends and neighbors to support us.
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