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Action Alerts

Please Urge Your Representatives to Support H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

The House of Representatives is scheduled to consider legislation on Thursday, H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, that will require one national standard for labeling non-GMO products that will preempt state or local laws that are inconsistent with the federal definition or requirements.  FMI is supporting this legislation and has provided a draft letter if you are interested in contacting your elected officials prior to Thursday’s vote.

Please click the "Take Action" button below to send an email to your Members of Congress. The system will prompt you for your address before accessing the letters so that it can match you to your appropriate legislators


Please Ask Your Representatives to Support Legislation Addressing Problems with FDA Menu Labeling Regulations at Grocery Stores

Please urge your Members of Congress in the House and Senate to support legislation to address problems with FDA’s expansion of chain restaurant menu labeling regulations to grocery stores.


On December 1, 2014, the FDA published a final rule to implement Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items at Chain Restaurants(§ 4205 of
P.L. 111–148), a law that mandates nutrition labeling of standard menu items at chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments.  As published, the final FDA regulations apply to “restaurant-type foods” at restaurants but also at other establishments with 20 or more locations operating under the same name, including thousands of supermarkets and grocery stores.  Unfortunately, the final rule only provided regulated establishments until December 1, 2015 to comply, and FDA has yet to provide stakeholder guidance since the rule was published four months ago.

 

Please write your Members’ of Congress to:

 

·  Urge FDA to delay the effective date of the menu labeling regulations until at least Dec. 1, 2016 to match similar labeling rules for vending machines.

 

·  Co-sponsor bipartisan legislation to address problems with FDA imposing chain restaurant menu labeling in grocery stores without menus or menu boards, such as the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act.

 

Please click the "Take Action" button below to send an email to your Members of Congress. The system will prompt you for your address before accessing the letters so that it can match you to your appropriate legislators. Please note that the Senate letter asks you to fill in your state in order to personalize the email.

Also, be sure to follow-up with a phone call to ensure your Representatives and Senators have received your letter. 
You can use the Capitol switchboard - (202) 224-3121 and ask them to direct your call to the appropriate office.


Please Contact Your Reps in Support of Hours-of-Service Language

The House of Representatives is expected to take up and vote on the FY 2016 Transportation, HUD and Related Agencies bill (H. R. 2577) either on Wednesday, June 3rd or Thursday, June 4th.  The funding bill, authored by Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) features important language that preserves the old Hours-of-Service restart provisions that were in effect on June 30, 2013.  This timely language essentially protects the old HOS restart provisions until the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) completes a Congressionally mandated study to determine if the agency’s new HOS restart provisions are substantially better in terms of driver alertness, safety and health than the old HOS restart regulations.  

FMI is very concerned that efforts will be made to strike the HOS restart language from H. R. 2577 when the funding bill is debated on the House floor.  FMI, therefore, is asking our members to contact your Representatives and urge them to oppose any effort to remove the HOS restart language from the FY 2016 THUD funding bill.  

Please click the "Take Action" button below to send an email to your Members of Congress. The system will prompt you for your address before accessing the letters so that it can match you to your appropriate legislators. Also, be sure to follow-up with a phone call to ensure your Representatives and Senators have received your letter.  You can use the Capitol switchboard - (202) 224-3121 and ask them to direct your call to the appropriate office.


Congress Needs To Restore OTC Medication Eligibility For FSAs And HSAs - Contact Your Representatives and Senators

FMI urges supermarket member companies to contact your Representatives and Senators and ask for their support and co-sponsorship of legislation to restore over-the-counter (OTC) medication eligibility that will allow consumers as FSA and HSA holders to use their tax-preferred accounts to purchase OTC products.  

The Restoring Access to Medication Act (S. 709H.R.1270) is bipartisan legislation that has been introduced by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Ron Kind (D-WI) that would achieve this result by restoring OTC medication eligibility under tax-preferred accounts. Every year, millions of consumers utilize OTC medications as a cost-effective means for treating their minor illnesses, such as common colds, fever and allergies. FMI, in conjunction with the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), strongly supports the Restoring Access to Medication Act, and we urge you to contact your Senators and Representatives requesting their support and co-sponsorship.  

Please click the "Take Action" button below to send an email to your Members of Congress. The system will prompt you for your address before accessing the letters so that it can match you to your appropriate legislators. Also, be sure to follow-up with a phone call to ensure your Representatives and Senators have received your letter.  You can use the Capitol switchboard - (202) 224-3121 and ask them to direct your call to the appropriate office.


Urge Congress to Work Together to Raise the ACA Full-Time Employee Definition

The House of Representatives passed the "Save American Workers Act of 2015" (H.R. 30) on January 8, by a 252-172 vote, to raise the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) 30-hour per week “full-time employee” definition by raising that threshold to up to 40-hours per week. Now, we need your help in urging Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate to come together and raise the ACA’s “full-time employee” definition as soon as possible in the 114th Congress. 

 

With enforcement of the ACA’s employer mandates already in effect, the longer Congress waits to raise the “full-time” threshold, the worse the effects of this delay will be on the U.S. workforce. Please use the following link to contact your Members of Congress. The letter template asks you to fill in information in order to customize it to your operations. 

 

Please remember to call the Congressional office to confirm that they have received your letter.  You can use the Capitol switchboard - (202) 224-3121 and ask them to direct your call to the appropriate office.


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