"Did you know that we're actually giving tax deductions out to big companies that go ahead and advertise and market products that contribute to childhood obesity?" Kucinich asked in a floor speech on the day that Hostess Brands filed in bankruptcy court for permission to liquidate the company.
Kucinich introduced a bill ending deductions for junk-food companies and said such a move would help avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, The Hill reported Saturday.
Economists have warned the budget plan agreed to in 2011 -- allowing the debt ceiling to be raised in exchange for spending cuts and an end to tax rate cuts enacted during the administration of former President George W. Bush -- would send the economy over a "fiscal cliff."
The combination of spending cuts and higher tax rates would put the recovering economy back into a recession, economists have warned.
Hostess Brands is the maker of Twinkies, Ho-Hos and Wonder Bread. It said this week it does not have the resources to weather a strike by 5,000 bakers that has temporarily closed its production facilities.
"So what I'm doing is introducing a bill right now that would protect children's health by denying any deduction for advertising and marketing that's directed at children to promote the consumption of food at fast-food restaurants or any kind of food of poor nutritional quality," Kucinich said.
"When this bill becomes law, if it's adopted in the negotiations to avoid a fiscal cliff, we can find a way not only to reduce childhood obesity by blocking these deductions for the advertising, but we can also enable our children's health to be put on a better path, and our country's health to be put on a better path," he said.
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