Mayor Emanuel for limiting food stamps for soda

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to limit how food stamps can be used on soda.
Emanuel is among 18 mayors who signed a letter to Congress about the food stamp program, asking that it be spared from budget cuts.

RahmEmanuelBut the letter also proposes to use the program to help fight obesity, by limiting how many sugary drinks can be purchased.

Emanuel has not been one of the officials who has tried to limit the size of sodas and sugary drinks before.

His office has accepted millions of dollars from soft drink companies for health care and recycling programs.

“The letter, which was signed by 18 mayors, urged Congress to incentivize healthy food and beverage options under the SNAP program; the same thing we do in city government, having moved completely to healthy vending machines, and through our food access initiatives throughout Chicago,” said Emanuel Spokesman Tom Alexander. “We are not limiting options, but are incentivizing healthy choices.”

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