28 Mar Congressman Posey Prioritizes Premium Cigar Exemption at Appropriations Member Day
On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture held a hearing on member priorities. Congressman Posey (FL-08), a long time premium cigar champion, took this critical opportunity as a chance to shed light on the harmful impact FDA regulations have had on the premium cigar industry.
Congressman Posey stated: “To provide a common-sense solution, Rep. Kathy Castor and I reintroduced H.R. 1854 which would define premium cigars and exempt a narrow artisan category from the burdensome FDA regulations which they cannot meet.” The bill already has 30 bipartisan supporters in Congress and had 149 last Congress, exemplifying why the subcommittee should consider including this language in the FY 20 bill.
The FY 19 Agriculture Appropriations Bill included premium cigar exemption language and passed in the House but was not adopted into the final version of the budget bill.
IPCPR thanks Congressman Posey for his continued support and for giving us a voice in Congress. We are encouraged that the concerns of the premium cigar industry have been presented as a priority to the Subcommittee and we look forward to working closely with lawmakers to bring relief to retailers and businesses across the country. For questions on FDA regulations, H.R. 1854, or appropriations contact Tori Ellington firstname.lastname@example.org.