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DeLauro Introduces Sugar Legislation, ADA Wary of Excise Tax Tactic

April 08, 2015
The ADA is monitoring a bill recently introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) that would impose a federal excise tax on “specified sugar-sweetened beverage” products. In the previous Congress, only six House Democrats cosponsored the bill, with no Republicans on board.

The ADA has long been concerned about the potential negative aspects of taxing individual foods and beverages. Some data suggest existing state soda taxes have had little or no impact on obesity. Some even speculate soda taxes have led consumers to switch to non-regulated foods with even higher concentrations of added sugar.

For several years, the ADA has been seeking additional research in this area.

The Association is currently drafting comments on a recent report by the government’s 2015 Dietary Guidelines Committee. The advisory report will serve as the basis for developing the next iteration of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans policy, a joint project of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.

Additional information about the ADA’s diet and nutrition-related activities is available online at