FDA delays ObamaCare's menu labeling rule

FDA delays ObamaCare's menu labeling rule
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The Food and Drug Administration is delaying a controversial ObamaCare rule that requires restaurants to list the number of calories in the food they sell.

Restaurants and grocery stores will not have to comply with the contentious new rule until after the 2016 presidential election — at which time a Republican president could choose to scrap the rule altogether.

The controversial menu labeling requirements issued late last year would require major restaurants and grocery stores to calorie counts.

But the rules have generated bipartisan blowback on Capitol Hill.

The FDA’s delay comes amid fierce pressure from Congress to back down from the rules.

The menu labeling requirements came under attack from Congress as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle called for more time for businesses to comply with the rule.

Lawmakers sought to delay the menu labeling requirements through a spending bill provision that would have pushed the effective date back to Dec. 1, 2016.

Reps. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Immigration drama grips Washington The Hill's 12:30 Report Will guns be an issue in midterms? You can bet on it in these districts MORE (R-Wash.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) also introduced stand-alone legislation that would have done the same thing.

Meanwhile, dozens of senators led by Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOn The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Supreme Court allows states to collect sales taxes from online retailers | Judge finds consumer bureau structure unconstitutional | Banks clear Fed stress tests Supreme Court rules states can require online sellers to collect sales tax 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges —Dems, health groups demand immigrant children be quickly reunited with families White House releases sweeping proposal to reorganize government Democrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor MORE (D-Wash.) also asked for more time.

The FDA announced the delay Thursday morning. Businesses will have until Dec. 1, 2016, to comply.