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Action Alerts

Ask Your Legislators to Oppose Chairman Hensarling's Efforts to Repeal Competition in Debit Marketplace

In spite of our strong grassroots effort, the House Financial Services Committee voted in favor of Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s legislation to repeal the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform law, 30-26.  As you know, repeal of the Durbin Amendment Debit Reforms that we strongly supported were included in the Hensarling legislation. 

Please email your legislators to urge that this legislation to repeal debit reforms not be considered by the House.  The legislation does not have bipartisan support, has the strong opposition of many in the business community, and the reforms have actually worked to increase competition in the debit routing marketplace.

Click the "take action" button below to send your email. Thanks for your help! 

Ask Your Members of Congress to Fix DOL's Overtime Rule

The Department of Labor’s new overtime rule goes into effect December 1, right in the middle of the holiday shopping season! To avoid the disruptive consequences to both business and customers of implementing the rule during this busy time of year, we ask you to email your Members of Congress, urging them to co-sponsor bipartisan legislation that would mitigate some of the harmful impacts of the new regulation.

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) have introduced the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act, H.R. 4773/S. 2707, and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) has introduced the Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act, H.R. 5813. 

Taken together, these bills would make important changes to the new regulation: require a new economic analysis on the impact of the overtime rule before moving forward with a new rulemaking; implement the new salary threshold in a more gradual manner instead of all at once; and eliminate the automatic three year escalator mechanism.  

Please click the “take action” button below to email your legislators. Thanks for your support! 

Please Thank Your Members of Congress for their Support of the Biotech Labeling Act of 2016

FMI applauds Congress on final passage in the House of S. 764, the Biotech Labeling Act of 2016.  

This bipartisan legislation avoids the consumer confusion and crippling limitations to interstate commerce that already are erupting under the current Vermont law and would be multiplied further by a developing patchwork of differing and therefore confusing state GMO labeling laws.  One single national labeling standard circumvents all disadvantages that a multitude of conflicting state GMO labeling laws would inevitably create.

The grocery industry welcomes this historic legislation that will both set a precedent for clarity in commerce and open up new avenues for providing food shoppers access to the information they want about the foods they enjoy and in the manner that is most convenient for them to access it.

FMI commends the House approval of this important GMO labeling legislation and we urge President Obama to sign this needed bill into law as expediently as possible. Please click the "take action" button below to send a letter to your Senators and your Representative, thanking them for voting for the agreement. 

Thanks for your support!  

Urge Congress to Pass Legislation to Fix FDA Menu Labeling Rule

FDA has posted the final menu labeling guidance. With this guidance posted, it is even more important that you contact your U.S. Senators urging them to co-sponsor legislation (S. 2217) to fix FDA’s “Menu Labeling” rule, and thanking your Representatives who voted for the bill when it passed the House of Representatives earlier this year. With the implementation clock now ticking, we need the Senate to move the bill to enact these needed changes.  

Please click on the "take action" button below. If you have not logged in previously, the system will ask for your address information in order to match you with your appropriate legislators. If you encounter any technical problems or need help finding out who to contact, please contact FMI’s Rob Rosado (202) 220-0642.  

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