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FDA Regulation of
Tobacco Product

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (also know simply as The Tobacco Control Act) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on June 22, 2009. The act gives the FDA comprehensive control on tobacco products in the United States. The new law gives the FDA the power to regulate tobacco including the following:

Require tobacco companies to submit an ingredients list of any product sold or imported in the United States

Require tobacco companies to make public the nicotine content of their products and to adopt standards of nicotine content and to reduce or eliminate other harmful substances present

Enlarge warnings on tobacco packaging so that they take up 50% of the front and back panel area Regulate the use of terms such as "mild" and "light" by requiring that tobacco products conform to certain standards regarding these terms

Create a Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee to help inform the FDA on issues relating to tobacco products

Most recently the FDA issued the Proposed Deeming regulations would extend the Agency's “tobacco product” authorities to all other categories of products, except premium cigars and the accessories of a proposed deemed tobacco product, that meet the statutory definition of “tobacco product” in the FD&C Act. FDA also is proposing to prohibit the sale of “covered tobacco products” to individuals under the age of 18 and to require the display of health warnings on cigarette tobacco, roll-your own tobacco, and covered tobacco product packages and in advertisements. FDA is taking this action to address the public health concerns associated with the use of tobacco products. CDA tracks all FDA actions with respect to the implementation of the Tobacco Control Act very closely to ensure that distributors concerns are fully understood by the agency. Find out more.

Obesity Issues

There has been tremendous media and public attention given to the nationwide problem of obesity. While a lot of action is focused at the state and local level, there has been some movement on this issue at the federal level as well.

CDA is a member of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation whose goal is to promote ways to help people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance—calories in and calories out. It focuses its efforts on two critical areas—families and schools—through its Together Counts™ campaign which is used by over 15 million students across the country.
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Minimum Wage

CDA opposes legislation to increase the minimum wage and urges Congress to oppose such initiatives which would have a tremendously deleterious impact on our economy overall. Even the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) stated in their recent report on this issue that total U.S. employment could be reduced by 500,000 jobs as a direct result of the increase.  According to the CBO report, “once fully implemented in the second half of 2016, the $10.10 option would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers, or 0.3 percent.”  The impact of this job loss would be huge on our already fragile economy and would have a harmful effect on the current unemployment rate as well. Hiking the minimum wage hurts – not helps – the lowest paid workers.  The typical minimum-wage employee is young, with few skills and little or no job experience. Higher labor costs mean fewer people get hired, job loss and less working hours. Hiking the minimum wage does not alleviate poverty. There are other, more effective, ways of addressing poverty in this country.  Though intended to help low-income families get ahead, the minimum wage instead costs some their jobs and others hours at work. This leaves poor families actually worse off.

Estate (or "Death") Tax

CDA Supports Efforts to Make Permanent the Repeal of the Estate or “death” tax.
  • In 2001 Congress enacted legislation (PL 107-16) that made significant changes in the federal estate tax – or “death” tax – over the 2001 to 2009 period by gradually increasing the size of estates exempt from the tax and gradually reducing the tax rate applied.
  • CDA has been supportive of various efforts in Congress aimed at making the repeal of the estate tax permanent.  Such action is necessary to ensure the vitality of America’s small businesses – the backbone of our nation’s economy.
  • Our tax laws should encourage rather than discourage the perpetuation of small, family-owned businesses.  Under the current tax system, it would be cheaper to sell the family-owned business before death than to pass on the business to one’s heirs.
  • The estate tax costs jobs.  Potential employment is lost when business owners decide not to expand or open another store because of the ever looming death tax, and current employment is destroyed when businesses are liquidated to pay estate taxes.
  • The estate tax has a negative impact on current business decisions.  Critical resources are diverted away from investing in people and growth, and spent on attorneys, accountants and insurance to assist in the complicated estate planning effort.
  • We are committed to bringing certainty and fairness back to the tax system and to America’s families.
  • There are currently a number of legislative initiatives in both the House and Senate aimed at either repealing or reforming the current Estate tax system.  CDA supports a full repeal but understands that some lawmakers are promoting a compromise in light of current budgetary constraints.

DOL Overtime Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final rule on overtime pay for white collar workers on May 18, 2016. These long awaited revisions to the DOL’s Fair Labor Standards Act will create a new salary threshold for white collar exemptions and include automatic updates to that threshold.

Under the new rule, the new salary level required for the executive, administrative and professional exemptions will be $913 per week, or $47,476 per year. This salary level will increase automatically every three years, starting in 2020. This rule takes effect Dec. 1, 2016.

A copy of the rule can be found here.

CDA brought this issue to lawmakers in Congress during its annual Day on the Hill lobbying event in May. CDA is supporting legislation in Congress – HR 4773 and S. 2707. The bills are known as the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act and are aimed at stopping the DOL from redefining the overtime threshold without understanding the real world consequences. CDA also supports a recently introduced bill - HR 5813 – known as the Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act. These measures will stop the DOL from going forward with these unreasonable, unworkable overtime rules.

If you wish to make your views known on this issue please visit our federal advocacy page and take action on a pre-written letter you can send to your legislators urging their support for these important bills.