Westerman Statement on Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act

February 6, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) issued the following statement upon passage of H.R. 772, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act:

“Over much of the last decade, there has been a ‘big brother knows best’ approach to regulation,” Westerman said. “From the investments we make to the snacks we eat, the federal government has loomed over nearly all aspects of our daily lives. In the last year, Congress has worked with the Trump Administration to roll back the most burdensome, egregious regulations. Today’s vote for the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act is an important step in that direction.”

According to Bloomberg Government, the bill would:

  • Direct the Food and Drug Administration to reissue its menu labeling rules that require chain restaurants and retail food establishments with 20 or more locations to provide calorie and nutrition information for standard menu items;
  • Require the FDA to issue new rules for displaying nutrition information within one year of enactment and specify a compliance date; and
  • Bar states from petitioning the FDA to allow for different labeling requirements than those established by the bill.

​​H.R. 772 passed by a vote of 266 Yeas, 157 Nays, 1 Present.