29 Members of Congress Ask White House For Premium Cigar Relief

29 Members of Congress Ask White House For Premium Cigar Relief

A coalition of Republican congressmen want the White House to grant regulatory relief to the premium cigar industry.

Earlier this week, 29 Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Mick Mulvaney, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In the letter, the group requests that Mulvaney and President Trump “... consider an immediate extension of current regulatory deadlines that are burdening premium cigars and an ultimate exclusion for premium cigar from FDA oversight.”

The OMB, which is the largest office in the executive branch, does not directly oversee the budget for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, the OMB is tasked with assessing the quality of agency programs, policies and procedures to see if they comply with the president’s policies. In other words, at the end of the day, the OMB has the power to influence the tobacco policies of the FDA.

The Republican group states in the letter that “regulatory overreach from the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act continues to burden manufacturers of premium cigars.” In particular, the coalition calls out “unwarranted pre-market applications, constituent testing, user fees, warning label administration and other destructive measures that were never warranted economically or scientifically.”

The letter ends with an economic plea to Mulvaney: “FDA’s deeming of premium cigars would impose extremely high economic costs that would lead to serious unintended consequences for the premium cigar industry and the jobs and business it represents.”