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 — Presented by T-Mobile — House, Senate leaders named as Pelosi lobbies for support to be Speaker Liz Cheney wins House GOP leadership post McCarthy defeats Jordan for minority leader in 159-to-43 vote 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 AlexanderOvernight Health Care — Presented by The Partnership for Safe Medicines — GOP lawmaker pushes back on Trump drug pricing plan | Pfizer to raise prices on 41 drugs next year | Grassley opts for Finance gavel GOP lawmaker pushes back on Trump drug pricing proposal Congress needs to wake up to nuclear security threat MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care — Presented by The Partnership for Safe Medicines — FDA restricts sales of flavored e-cigs | Proposes ban on menthol in tobacco | Left wants vote on single-payer bill in new Congress | More than 12k lost Medicaid in Arkansas Schumer reelected as Senate Democratic Leader Senate GOP readies for leadership reshuffle MORE (D-Wash.) also asked for more time.

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