DeLauro wants to add new federal tax on soda, sugared drinks

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who represents a portion of Shelton, has introduced the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax (SWEET) Act to tackle the dual epidemics of obesity and diabetes by discouraging “excessive” sugar in beverages.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro

The SWEET Act would institute a tax of 1 cent per teaspoon of caloric sweetener, such as sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.

“People want to be healthy and they want their kids to be healthy. But we are in the midst of dual epidemics, with obesity and diabetes afflicting our nation and the related, astronomical healthcare costs,” said DeLauro, a Democrat in her 12th term.

“There is a clear relationship between sugar-sweetened beverages and a host of other health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and tooth decay,” she said. “We are at a crucial tipping point and the SWEET Act will help correct the path we are currently on.”


Use funds to target obesity, dental problems

Soda-FIDeLauro said the revenue raised by the SWEET Act would be used to fund initiatives designed to reduce the human and economic costs of obesity, diabetes, dental problems and other health conditions related to sugar-sweetened beverages. This includes prevention and treatment programs, research and nutrition education.

Such diseases are responsible for an estimated $190 billion in annual health care costs, over 20 percent of which are paid by American taxpayers through Medicare and Medicaid, according to DeLauro.

She said the bill is supported by several public health and consumer groups.


Highlight sugar content in packaging

Also, DeLauro sent a letter to Food and Drug Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, supporting her decision to keep added sugars as a stand-alone line on the proposed revised Nutrition Facts panel.

Obesity and diabetes rates have skyrocketed since the late 1970s, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting more than one-third of American adults were obese in 2012, according to a release from DeLauro’s office.

Scientific research overwhelmingly shows a link between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and such diseases, stated the DeLauro release.


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  • fedup

    Sure….whats next???
    Tax the friggin air that we breathe????

  • Frank Priviti

    We already pay tax on these items.

  • Mark Holden

    That’s about 10 cents on a can of cola. People will complain but it’s not enough to change behavior. It’s just a way to extract more dimes from our pockets. This is an election year. If you’re in the 3rd CD, James Brown is running against her. If you drink soda, maybe you should send a few dimes to his campaign.

  • Robert Cerani

    She’s Nuts. This is all the Democrats know how to do. Control You. Vote this Nut out of office.

  • John Taylor

    Rosa D has done some great things, but this idea is not one of them. It will not stop people from getting fat or help them with dental problems. All this proposed tax will do is make the targeted products more expensive.

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