One of the most powerful politicians in Washington is not too sweet on Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to ban giant sugary drinks.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) scoffed at Bloomberg’s controversial proposal during a Friday news conference.
“I like Mayor Bloomberg, but are you kidding me?” said Boehner when asked about the plan, which has received national attention.
“C’mon, don’t we have bigger issues to deal with than the size of some soft drink that somebody buys?” Boehner asked.
Bloomberg, in his latest effort to make New Yorkers healthier, has suggested a ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces.
Stores that receive letter grades from the city – from restaurants to bodegas – would no longer be able to sell jumbo-size drinks.
Bloomberg, now registered as an Independent, was a former Republican but his plan has received little support from GOP leaders on Capitol Hill.
“You can’t make this stuff up, can you?” Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Thursday on CNBC.
“I gave up pop for Lent three years ago and I haven’t had any since, but do what you want,” Ryan said. “Do what you want with your life.”
Bloomberg has argued that research shows that when people are given larger portions, they almost always consume more.
City officials supported the plan by touting the success of previous fights against trans fats and cigarettes.
Opponents, including soda makers, have slammed the proposal as evidence that the city government has become a “nanny state” with too much power over its citizens’ actions.
(Source: NY Daily News)