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Bloomberg Asks Congress To Keep Food Stamp Money From Being Used On Sugary Drinks

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The war on sugary beverages is going national, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leading a group of mayors asking Congress to prevent food stamp users from buying products that contribute to obesity.

The request comes as Congress considers a Farm Bill that would cut $20 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

In a letter, 17 mayors including Bloomberg are asking congressional leaders not just to maintain SNAP funding but to find ways to make the program stronger.

Bloomberg says purchases of tobacco and alcohol are already prohibited, and Congress can go one step further.

He says, "We need to find ways to strengthen the program and promote good nutrition... while limiting the use of these resources for items with no nutritional value, like sugary drinks, that are actually harming the health of participants."

The American Beverage Association says banning sugary drinks from SNAP will not make the nation healthier.

Last year, more than 47 million Americans relied on food stamps.

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