Published in Obesity and Diabetes Week, March 29th, 2004
The Iowa Democrat has said that wellness and disease prevention will be a top legislative priority this year. Last month, he introduced a bill that would require chain restaurants to include nutritional information on their menus.
Harkin on March 11, 2004, proposed an amendment, which failed, to increase the amount of federal money the government spends on public health programs by $6 billion. He would have paid for it with an increase in the cigarette tax.
Aides say Harkin has other plans to try to bring the problem of obesity to the forefront.
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