Boehner to NYC Mayor Bloomberg: 'Are you kidding me' on Big Gulp ban?

House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE (R-Ohio) is no fan of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban large, sugary drinks in New York City.

“I like Mayor Bloomberg, but are you kidding me?” BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE said at a Friday news conference when asked about Bloomberg’s plan. “C’mon, don’t we have bigger issues to deal with than the size of some soft drink that somebody buys?”

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Bloomberg announced the proposal this week as his latest public health initiative to combat obesity. It would prohibit restaurants, movie theaters and other vendors from selling sweetened beverages in containers larger than 16 ounces, with some exceptions.

On Thursday, Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanReid: Congress should return 'immediately' to fight Zika Classified briefings to begin for Clinton, Trump Paul Ryan rewrites 50 years of poverty history MORE (R-Wis.) and other conservatives criticized the plan as an example of “nanny-state” governance.