Congress Needs To Restore OTC Medication Eligibility For FSAs And HSAs
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 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. 1647 – H. R. 2835) is bipartisan legislation that has been introduced by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and John Barrow (D-GA) 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 FMI urges you to contact your Senators and Representatives requesting their support and co-sponsorship. For your convenience, please click on the following link to send a letter to your Federal lawmakers.
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.
Support Sen. Collins' Hours-of-Service Language
FMI recently sent a letter to Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to express our industry’s strong support for her bipartisan language that will require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to conduct a study to assess the safety and benefits of its 34-hour restart provisions that went into effect in July 2013. This important language is now part of the FY 2015 combined Appropriations bill, which will soon be debated on the Senate floor.
FMI is urging its member companies to contact their Senators asking for support of the Collins language and to vote “NO” on an amendment that will be offered by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) that would strike the Collins language from the bill. Please contact your Senators as soon as possible; Senator Booker could offer his amendment to strike the industry-supported language as early as June 19.
Urge Members of Congress To Support Legislation To Stop NLRB 'Ambush' Election Proposed Rule and To Protect Employee Privacy
FMI urges supermarket members to contact your Representatives and Senators to ask them to support legislation and other efforts to stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from moving forward with its so-called “Ambush” Election proposed rule, which would compress the election timeframe from when a petition is filed and when an election is held from the current average of 38-days down to as little as 10-days. The proposed rule additionally would require employers to turn over the private contact information of employees when requested by union officials in conjunction with an election.
Click here to access model grassroots letters (you will be required to register if you have not done so already) in support of H. R. 4320, sponsored by Congressman John Kline (R-MN), and H. R. 4321, introduced by Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN), as well as Senator Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) companion legislation, S. 2178, all of which address both the “ambush” and the employee privacy issues.