Please Ask Your Reps. and Senators to Co-Sponsor H.R. 1249 / S. 1756 to Prevent Expansion of Menu Labeling to Grocery Stores
Ask your Members of Congress in both the House and Senate to co-sponsor H.R. 1249/S. 1756, The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act. H.R. 1249/S. 1756 is bipartisan legislation to prevent FDA from expanding menu labeling regulations to grocery store operations, as well as allow some common-sense compliance flexibility for restaurants. FDA’s current proposal would extend restaurant menu labeling regulations to grocery stores even though 95 percent of the foods at a grocery store are already labeled.
A template for a letter is included but your personal emphasis and examples are always more persuasive when writing a Member of Congress. It is also worthwhile to phone your Representatives and Senators about the issue as well.
FDA’s proposed rule would regulate grocery store chains with 20 or more locations under menu labeling. FMI has been urging FDA to adopt the agency’s “Option 2” when implementing the menu labeling law, which would exclude grocery stores unless the majority of their business is derived from restaurant-type foods. To this point, FDA will not meet or discuss the menu labeling issue with FMI or its members despite substantive FMI comments and letters to regulatory officials and several Members of Congress writing in support of Option 2. H.R. 1249/S. 1756 is consistent with the “Option 2” alternative of the menu labeling proposed rule.
Urge your Member of Congress to change the ACA 30 hour/week full-time definition!
We need your help for Congress to change the Affordable Care Act’s 30hr/wk full-time definition!
The only way to change the Affordable Care Act’s 30-hour FTE definition is for Congress to make a change to the law itself. The only way for Congress to make a change to the law is for Members of Congress to hear directly from FMI members—NOW. Congressional staff have indicated to FMI a path to addressing the issue, but only if Members of Congress, no matter their party or Committee assignment, hear directly from businesses in their district and indicate the urgency for addressing the FTE issue now. We need your willingness to invite key Members of Congress to tour a store (no more than an hour) in their districts to help them gain a better understanding of the industry as a whole and the impact that the ACA will have on job creation and the employees (voters) in their district. FMI will provide all the necessary assistance and prep material to make sure all aspects of a store tour are simple and easy to execute, including but not limited to scheduling assistance and guidance, agenda ideas, talking points, FAQs, thank you letters, draft follow up Letter to the Editor, follow up with office in DC after visit. Please contact Rob Rosado (email@example.com) for help on setting up these meetings.
In the meantime, you may also write a letter to your Member of Congress by clicking on the following Action Alert to access the grassroots campaign and a sample draft. Please note that this letter will require you to include some information and potentially some examples that are specific to your company.