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Nama releases new statement on proposed D.C. Soda Tax withdrawal

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ARLINGTON, Va., US – The National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) has released the following statement from Mike Goscinski, senior director, external affairs, regarding D.C. council member, Brianne Nadeau’s withdrawal of the Nutrition Equity Act. “We’re pleased that the council recognizes the undue burden the soda tax would have placed on already-struggling small businesses.

NAMA has been actively engaged in opposition to the tax since the concept was introduced as different legislation in 2019 through the Alliance for an Affordable DC Coalition and in the months leading to the withdrawal.

Most recently, NAMA Director of Federal and State Affairs, Wes Fisher, provided verbal testimony urging the council to reconsider the looming soda tax that would undermine post-pandemic relief efforts for so many working families.

Fisher called attention to the proactive, voluntary efforts the convenience services industry has taken to promote healthy options and accommodate consumer choice and highlighted the industry’s public health commitment with the Partnership for a Healthier America and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

NAMA appreciates the council’s acknowledgment of those who would be unfairly impacted by the regressive tax and applauds the necessary action to withdraw the bill.”

Founded in 1936, NAMA is the association representing the $31 billion US convenience services industry. With nearly 1,000-member companies — including many of the world’s most recognized brands — NAMA provides advocacy, education and research for its membership.