A key member of the United States Senate has joined as a co-sponsor to S. 1461, which is the companion legislation to H.R. 1639 that would exempt premium/traditional cigars from FDA regulations.
Senator Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, has agreed to serve as a co-sponsor to S. 1461. Senator Landrieu serves as Chair of the U.S. Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and also serves on the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, and Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.
Senator Landrieu's support for S. 1461 comes at a critical juncture for the legislation, as now we need for all CRA members to be contacting the office of their members of the US Senate, asking that they too, serve as a co-sponsor on S. 1461.
In October, CRA delivered a letter to Senator Landrieu's office on behalf of the Louisiana Independent Tobacconist's Association, which spoke on behalf of over two dozen premium tobacconists in Louisiana.