2021 PFMA FEDERAL LEVEL LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY PRIORITIES
Establishment of CBD Regulatory Framework: PFMA supports and will advocate for the creation and establishment of CBD regulations by the FDA and other federal and state agencies. This would provide clarity for retailers and consumers for the production, distribution and sale of these products in the United States.
Classification of CBD products as dietary supplements: PFMA supports the Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act of 2021, sponsored by Representatives Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA).
COVID-19 liability protections: PFMA supports a federal liability protection shield for businesses following appropriate state and federal guidelines relative to COVID-19.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): PFMA supports the continuation of the Paycheck Protection Program to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): PFMA supports the distribution and use of PPE for frontline workers.
Patent Reform: PFMA supports legislation aimed at addressing the issue of baseless patent suits brought on by so-called “patent trolls.”
Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI): PFMA supports efforts to improve and increase access and funding for the HFFI. This is a national program modeled off the very successful program in Pennsylvania, which helps provide support and investment for food merchants looking to address the issue of food deserts.
Regulatory Reform: PFMA supports efforts to reform and streamline the regulatory landscape on the federal level. This includes rescinding any harmful regulations that are currently in place and preventing new and harmful regulations from being enacted.
Expansion of SNAP Online Purchasing: PFMA supports and is involved in efforts to expand the availability of SNAP online purchasing. Specifically at the federal level PFMA supports the Expanding SNAP Options Act, introduced by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL).
New Government Mandated Paid and Unpaid Leave Ordinances: PFMA opposes new mandated paid and unpaid leave policies by the federal government. We believe our members are best equipped to make decisions regarding leave policies for their companies and employees.
National Sugar-Sweetened Beverage/Soda Tax: PFMA opposes any attempt at levying a federal/national soda or sugar-sweetened beverage tax.
New or Increased Taxes on Tobacco and Other Tobacco Products: PFMA opposes additional taxes on cigarettes and new taxes on other tobacco products imposed by the federal government.
Changing the Point of Obligation for the Renewable Fuel Standards Program: PFMA opposes changing the point of obligation from its current position under the Renewable Fuels Standard Program.
SNAP Cuts or Restrictions on Product Choices: PFMA opposes cuts to SNAP and restricting choice by recipients on which products they can purchase with their SNAP dollars.
Vapor/E-Cigarette Blanket Product Ban: PFMA opposes an outright ban on all vapor/e-cigarette products and flavors and, instead, supports regulating and restricting the sale of the products to those over 21 years of age. PFMA also is opposed to restricting all flavors of these products and, instead, supports restricting flavors other than tobacco, menthol and mint.
PRO Act: PFMA opposes the 2021 version of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act reintroduced in Congress this session.
$15/hour minimum wage increase: PFMA opposes an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The association is open to discussions on a more reasonable minimum wage increase.