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Ellmers Joins Colleagues to Introduce Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers released the following statement following today's press conference on the introduction of H.R. 1249 - the "Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2013":

"Each day we uncover more and more burdens within Obamacare. The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2013 will give businesses the flexibility to focus on providing for their customers and our economy - rather than dealing with a reckless bureaucracy."

"My colleagues and I are joining together in a bipartisan effort to remove these burdens and force Washington to focus on the people who are impacted by these unnecessary regulations. This is one of many important actions we are undertaking to protect families, businesses, and local economies and I'm proud to join Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers in supporting this bill."

This afternoon, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers introduced H.R. 1249 - the "Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2013". This bill will limit the burdens of Obamacare by removing unnecessary FDA regulations and improving nutrition disclosure requirements for restaurants, retail food establishments, and vending machines. The nutrition labeling provision in the Presidents healthcare bill was intended to provide a federal standard for informing consumers on nutritional information at restaurants. Instead, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designed a one-size-fits-all regulation that captures some non-restaurant establishments, such as grocery and convenience stores.

As President Obama's own budget office has acknowledged, the FDA's implementation of the menu labeling law would impose the 3rd highest record-keeping burden of all of the regulations they evaluated in 2010. And that is not just for Obamacare - it's all of the regulations under implementation at the time.

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