The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture passed legislation with language exempting premium cigars from FDA regulations. The exemption would apply to the next fiscal year (October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018). This is just the initial step in the appropriations process. The full House Appropriations Committee will now consider the bill before being passed to the full House for a vote. The Senate must then introduce its own appropriations bill.
IPCPR CEO Mark Pursell is encouraged, however, by the decision from Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) and Ranking Member Sanford Bishop (D-GA) to include this language. “Their leadership speaks volumes–it provides some reassurance to our small business retailers across the country that they haven’t been forgotten, despite the FDA’s decisions last year,” he says.