The House is poised to pass a bill Friday lightening Obamacare’s new calorie-labeling rules, a requirement that has pitted grocery and convenience stores against restaurants.
The bipartisan measure, co-sponsored by fourth-ranking House Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez, exempts more establishments from the mandate and softens it for others, giving them more options for listing caloric information about their menu items.
President Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act made menu labeling federal law, in an effort to help nudge down the nation’s high obesity rate. But it largely left it up to the Food and Drug Administration to detail how food sellers must fall in line.
The White House said this week it opposes the McMorris Rodgers-Sanchez bill, but to supporters, it makes the playing field fairer for smaller businesses and establishments that sell items besides food. The FDA interpreted the requirements far too expansively, they argue.