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Pennsylvania Senator Signs Onto Cigar-Exemption Bill

Pennsylvania Senator Signs Onto Cigar-Exemption Bill

Sen. Pat Toomey has joined the growing list of U.S. Senators to co-sponsor a bill that would exempt premium cigars from FDA regulation.

Toomey, a Republican representing the state of Pennsylvania, is now the 17th member of the US Senate to pledge his support for S. 294, known as the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2017. The current count of bipartisan support includes 11 Republicans and six Democrats.

Toomey’s support comes on the heels of Democrat Joe Donnelly of Indiana, who signed on as a co-sponsor just last week.   

S. 294 was introduced in February by Florida Sens. Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R) and is currently under review by the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The bill is identical to H.R. 564, introduced in January by Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), which has since been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Notably, the House of Representatives last week passed its own bill (H.R. 3354), that includes the same cigar-friendly language included in both S. 294 and H.R. 564.

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