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More Congressional Support For Cigar Exemption Bill

More Congressional Support For Cigar Exemption Bill

Seven more members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors of a bill that seeks to protect the premium cigar industry against stringent FDA regulations.

In the last two weeks, Reps. Tom McClintock [R-CA], Scott Perry [R-PA], Luke Messer [R-IN], Roger Williams [R-TX], Tom Rice [R-SC], Barry Loudermilk [R-GA] and Darrell E. Issa [R-CA] have pledged their support for the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2017 (H.R. 564). This brings the current number of bipartisan co-sponsors to 133.

H.R. 564 was introduced by Rep. Bill Posey [R-FL] last January and is currently under review in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The bill seeks to exempt “traditional large and premium cigars” from a set of regulations put forth by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in May 2016.

An identical bill, S.294 (which you can support by clicking here), has been introduced in the Senate and is also gaining bipartisan support. This bill was introduced in early February and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Click here to read more about the FDA and premium cigar regulation.