FDA Menu Labeling Rule: PFMA opposes the currently proposed menu labeling rule as it is a one-size-fits-all approach, and doesn’t take into account the wide variety of grocery and convenience store formats that exist in the marketplace. The proposed rule uses the number of locations and floor space instead of sales from food intended for immediate consumption to determine who falls under the rule.
PFMA supports legislation (HR 772 and S 261) that would address the Food and Drug Administration's menu labeling regulation, and provide regulatory flexibility to affected businesses. The legislation was introduced with 35 co-sponsors, and similar legislation passed the House last year, but was not brought forward for consideration in the Senate.
SNAP Cuts and Restrictions: PFMA opposes additional cuts and restrictions to the SNAP program. This is an important program for providing healthy, fresh foods to low-income individuals, and helps consumers and businesses who participate. The positive return on investment of this program is well-documented in the public sphere. As members of local food boards in the communities to which they belong, PFMA members see the importance of this program in helping families thrive during difficult times.
Tobacco, E-Cigarettes and OTP Taxes: PFMA opposes new taxes on cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Data Security: PFMA has joined with state and national partners to encourage Congress to include PFMA's industries and sectors of the economy to find a reasonable, fair and effective solution to this issue which protects customers and doesn’t adversely impact one industry versus another.
EPA Proposed Clean Air Act Standards For Ozone: PFMA opposes the EPA’s new proposed stringent clean air act standards for ozone. PFMA is part of a national coalition opposing the new standards. The standards would bring the current standard from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to a range between 70 ppb to 65 ppb, and ask for comment on a standard all the way down to 60 ppb. These new standards would put jobs at risk and place a cap on new or expanding businesses in the nonattainment areas which are covered by the proposed standards.
Minimum Wage Increases: PFMA opposes the multiple proposals to raise the Federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and higher, and tie future wage increases to the Consumer Price Index.
Department of Labor Changes to Overtime Rules:PFMA opposes the proposed changes by the department of labor which would amend exemptions for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer employees. Also, PFMA opposes the increasing of the salary level required for the white collar exemptions and the highly compensated exemption and annual automatic updating of those levels.
The Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA):PFMA supports legislation (H.R. 5 by Goodlatte) which would improve the process by which federal agencies promulgate regulations to improve accountability and the integrity of the rulemaking process. The bill would not prevent federal agencies from issuing regulations or accomplishing needed regulatory objectives. It would, however, make the regulatory process more transparent, agencies more accountable, and regulations more carefully designed.
The FAMILY Act: PFMA opposes this bill, which was reintroduced and sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) that would provide workers with 12-weeks of paid leave when they are pregnant, the birth or adoption of a child, or personal family health issues. The FAMILY Act would pay for paid leave through the use of payroll contributions and would be open to all workers. PFMA opposes government mandated leave ordinances.
Border Adjustment Tax: PFMA is part of a national group of companies and organizations opposed to the proposed border adjustment tax. We believe this tax will significantly increase the cost of essential products on American families.
EPA/RINS/Point of Obligation Change: PFMA opposes any change from the current RINS point of obligation which are comprised of refiners, importers, and manufacturers, to position holders or fuel blending entities in the transportation fuel supply chain) that would dilute the market and negatively impact those currently participating.
The FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2017: PFMA supports this bill (HR 1136 by Reps. Cole and Bishop) to change the predicate date for newly "deemed" tobacco products, impose common-sense licensing, and advertising guidelines for vapor products and direct the FDA to establish product standards for vapor product batteries.
S. 413 and H.R. 1038: PFMA supports this legislation which would prohibit retroactive direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees charged to pharmacies by pharmacy benefit managers in Medicare Part D. The bill has been introduced in Congress (S. 413 and H.R. 1038) by Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Jon Tester (D-MT) and Representatives Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Peter Welch (D-VT). The legislation is part of an effort to address the emerging problem of rising costs and unpredictability of these fees, as highlighted in a recent report by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services