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The Wall Street Journal reports that there is some dissent within New York political ranks about the propriety of banning the use of food stamps for the purchase of sugared soft drinks.

According to the story, “Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a longtime advocate for policies that encourage better eating habits, is not jumping on board the effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. David Paterson ... Her reluctance to embrace the effort is noteworthy because she has championed other nutrition and diet proposals from the mayor, including mandating that major restaurants post calorie counts and requiring that school lunches be healthier.

“Also, she sits on the Agriculture Committee, which has jurisdiction over the agency that will decide whether to grant the sugary drinks request.”

Gillibrand, who is running for re-election, tells the Journal, "I think giving parents and families the tools they need to make the right choices is a better approach."
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