A Taxing Tonic: Rep. DeLauro Wants Federal Soda Tax

By Eric Scheiner | June 9, 2014 | 12:11pm EDT

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D.Conn.) (AP Photo)

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Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) says she’s getting ready to propose a federal soda tax, “I am working on legislation right now to tax sugar-sweetened drinks, like sodas, in a way that reflects the serious damage they are doing to our health.”

DeLauro made the recorded comments for the Center For Science In The Public Interest “National Soda Summit” on June 5th.

"When a two-liter cola is 99 cents and blueberries are over three dollars, something has gone very wrong," DeLauro says.

“It is long past time that we pass and support policies that work to our better health instead. With that in mind I’m working on legislation right now to tax sugar-sweetened drinks, like sodas, in a way that reflects the serious damage they are doing to our health.”

DeLauro continued, “I hope to introduce legislation in a matter of weeks.”

This isn’t the first time DeLauro has poured out her thoughts on a national soda tax. She had previously mentioned the idea during a press conference on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in 2012.

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