18 Mayors Ask Congress to Restrict Soda Food-Stamp Purchases

As Congress weighs cuts to the food-stamp program, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and 17 other mayors are urging Congress to restrict the use of food stamps to buy soda and other sugary drinks.
June 20, 2013
 

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and 17 other mayors are urging Congress to restrict the use of food stamps to buy soda and other sugary drinks.

The city leaders sent the letter as Congress is weighing cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the formal name for food stamps.

Nutter has twice tried and failed to enact a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Philadelphia, and has been outspoken about the issue.

The office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg released the mayors' letter. Bloomberg has received national attention for trying to ban sales of large-size sugary drinks and has previously tried to prevent food stamps from being used for soda.

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