The bill, officially called the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act of 2005 (H.R. 554) but dubbed the “Cheeseburger Bill”, was introduced by Representative Ric Keller (R – FL) and passed by a vote of 306–120 in the Republican-controlled house. The battle is far from over, though, as this marks the second time House lawmakers have passed such a ban. An identical bill, passed in March 2004, was never acted upon by the Senate, and Senate Republican leaders have hinted that the same fate could await the new measure.
The quick-service restaurant industry scored a victory Wednesday, when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill banning obesity-related lawsuits against food manufacturers, marketers, distributors, advertisers, sellers, and trade associations.
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