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Delauro Sweet Act

Delauro Sweet Act

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Published by Helen Bennett
Rosa DeLauro proposal "To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose an excise tax
on sugar-sweetened beverages, to dedicate the revenues from such tax
to the prevention, treatment, and research of diet-related health conditions
in priority populations, and for other purposes."
Rosa DeLauro proposal "To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose an excise tax
on sugar-sweetened beverages, to dedicate the revenues from such tax
to the prevention, treatment, and research of diet-related health conditions
in priority populations, and for other purposes."

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To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, to dedicate the revenues from such tax to the prevention, treatment, and research of diet-related health condi-tions in priority populations, and for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Ms. D
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introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on
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A BILL
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, to dedicate the revenues from such tax to the prevention, treatment, and research of diet-related health conditions in priority populations, and for other purposes.
 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
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tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
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This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Sugar-Sweetened Bev-
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erages Tax Act of 2014’’ or as the ‘‘SWEET Act’’.
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SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES.
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(a) F
INDINGS
.—The Congress finds that:
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(1) The prevalence of obesity in the United
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States has increased dramatically over the past 30
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 years. From the 1960s to the late 1970s, the preva-
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lence was relatively constant, with about 15 percent
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of the population classified as obese. After the
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1970s, these rates began to climb. According to the
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by
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2012 more than one-third (34.9 percent) of adults
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and 17 percent of youth in the United States were
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obese. Although no group has escaped the epidemic,
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low income people and communities of color are dis-
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proportionately affected. In 2012, nearly half (47.8
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percent) of African American adults were obese and
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42.5 percent of Hispanic adults were obese.
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(2) The percentage of children who are over-
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 weight has also increased dramatically in recent dec-
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ades. After being relatively constant from the 1960s
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to the 1970s, the prevalence of overweight children
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has more than tripled among children between 6 and
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11 years of age and nearly quadrupled among those
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 between 12 and 19 years of age. Despite significant
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public and private investment, childhood obesity
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rates remain high. Overall, obesity among our Na-
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tion’s young people, aged 2 to 19 years, has not
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3 changed significantly since 2004 and remains at
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about 17 percent – equaling 12.5 million children
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and adolescents.
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(3) There are significant racial and age dispari-
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ties in obesity prevalence among children and adoles-
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cents. In 2011–2012, obesity prevalence was higher
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among Hispanics (22.4 percent) and non-Hispanic
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 black youth (20.2 percent) than non-Hispanic white
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 youth (14.1 percent). The prevalence of obesity was
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lower in non-Hispanic Asian youth (8.6 percent)
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than in youth who were non-Hispanic white, non-
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Hispanic black, or Hispanic.
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(4) Overweight and obesity are responsible for
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an estimated $190 billion in health care costs na-
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tionally, or approximately 5 to 10 percent of all
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medical spending – with over 20 percent of these
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costs paid publicly through the Medicare and Med-
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icaid programs. The medical costs for people who
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are obese are dramatically higher ($2,741 per year)
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than those of normal weight.
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(5) The obesity epidemic is of particular con-
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cern because obesity increases the risk of diabetes,
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heart disease, certain types of cancer, arthritis, asth-
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ma, and breathing problems. Depending on their
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level of obesity, from 60 percent to over 80 percent
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