Phoenix Society Members Call to Action! Notify Your Legislators

The Phoenix Society is asking all of its supporters to notify their legislators both of the House and Senate to voice concern about a provision in the bill passed by the House Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (H.R. 2642).

The U.S. House of Representatives Farm Bill (H.R. 2642) contains an amendment that would have sweeping effects over the agriculture industry, including the tobacco industry. This amendment has the potential to nullify the important fire-safe cigarette legislation enacted in all 50 states that has significantly helped to reduce fires and related burn injuries.

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO: contact your own House Representative and Senator as soon as possible to voice your concern about the bill passed by the House HR 2642, specifically Sec. 11312 of the House Bill which has the potential to overturn fire-safe cigarette laws approved by all 50 states in our nation.  We need you to request the removal of this this portion the House Bill.  The message is simple we do not want to lose the gains we have made in decreasing burn injury and death due to cigarette fires in America.

You can find your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator at www.house.gov or www.senate.gov

You may also want to send your thoughts to these Agriculture Committee members:

The Honorable Debbie Stabenow
Chair, Senate Committee on Agriculture,
Nutrition & Forestry
328A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
For email:
http://www.stabenow.senate.gov/?p=contact

The Honorable Frank Lucas
Chair, House Committee on Agriculture
1301 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
For email:
https://lucas.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

The Honorable Thad Cochran
Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry
113 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
For email:
http://www.cochran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-me

The Honorable Collin Peterson
Ranking Member, House Committee on Agriculture
2109 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
For email:
https://collinpeterson.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Attached is a letter on behalf of the nation’s fire and emergency services   including the Phoenix Society directed to the chairpersons of the Agricultural Committee currently working on resolving differences between the two versions of this bill.

Latest action on the Farm Act was on 8/1/2013 the Senate agreed to request for conference. Appointed conferees: Stabenow; Leahy; Harkin; Baucus; Brown; Klobuchar; Bennet; Cochran; Chambliss; Roberts; Boozman; Hoeven – these appointees will be working on resolving the differences between the House and Senate bill.  

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