U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and several of his colleagues have reintroduced the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act, which aims to exempt premium cigars from excessive and overly burdensome U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and fees. Sen. Rubio first introduced this legislation in 2011 along with former Sen. Bill Nelson.
Co-sponsors of this bill include Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Rick Scott (R-FL), John Barrasso (R-WY), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Boozman (R-AR), and John Kennedy (R-LA).
“The premium cigar industry is an iconic staple in Florida’s economy,” Rubio said via a press release. “For far too long, small and family-owned businesses have been facing the threat of regulation that could force many to close their shops. I am proud to reintroduce this legislation that would provide Florida premium cigar makers the certainty they need to continue their craft, and I urge my colleagues to swiftly pass this bill.”