The Day Congress Listened to Cigarmakers

By David Savona , Marvin R. Shanken | From Paul Giamatti, May/June 2019
The Day Congress  Listened to Cigarmakers
Photo/David Yellen
On April 5, members of the United States Congress came to Ybor City, Florida, to hear the plight of the premium cigar industry. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, led a field hearing called “Keeping Small, Premium Cigar Businesses Rolling.” Joining him were Reps. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14) and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12).   It was the first time Congress had held a hearing dedicated to handmade, premium cigars. It was about time. Congress needs to take action and finally realize the terrible card that has been dealt to the handmade cigar industry. When the Obama administration put the U.S. tobacco industry …
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