|| Vote: 81 H R 2017 12-FEB-2016|
||266|| 33 |
||144|| 143 |
||22|| 11 |
||1|| || 1 |
Weakening Menu-Labeling Rule
A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate, where its prospects were dim.
Voting 266 for and 144 against, the House on Feb. 12, 2016, passed a bill (HR 2017) designed to weaken and delay a new Food and Drug Administration rule under which restaurant chains of 20 or more locations bearing the same name will be required, starting in 2017, to prominently post nutrition information for standard menu items -- including calorie counts -- at the point of sale. An offshoot of the Affordable Care Act and six years in the making, the rule requires the restaurants it covers to post "accurate, clear and consistent information" on in-store menu boards. In part, the bill would allow restaurants to use non-comparable (usually smaller) serving sizes in displaying calories; exempt from the rule establishments that receive less than half their revenue from retail food sales; subject the rule's 400 pages to a line-by-line congressional review and allow firms such as pizza companies that do business mainly by delivery to post their information online rather than in-store.
Michael Burgess, R-Texas, said restaurants "widely support providing customers with the nutritional information to better inform their food decisions, but they want to do it in a practical and commonsense way."
Jared Polis, D-Colo., said: "People want to see how many calories are in what they eat. It is a very simple concept....Let's not waste time on it. Let's discuss the things people care about."
A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.