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The congressman sits on the Appropriations Committee that is handling bill HR2058. There are over 20 shops represented by him and its extremely important we reach out to him and his staffers for support. I am copying Gregory Conley’s instructions for you to follow. PLEASE DO THIS ASAP!


– Call the D.C. office of your Congress representative during normal office hours. The number can be found on their website.

– Do NOT just communicate your position to the person answered the phone. You are a business owner in the Congressman or Congresswoman’s district — you can get further up the chain than a normal person.

– Tell the operator that picks up:

My name is ____. I am a small business owner in Rep. ____’s district. There is a vote coming up in the Appropriations Committee on Thursday that is extremely important to my business, my employees, and my customers. Before Thursday, I was hoping I could speak to either Rep. _____ or a member of his staff that deals with Appropriations Committee issues.”

– If they ask you for a summary of the issue:
“On Thursday, the Appropriations Committee will consider a funding bill for the FDA and other agencies. I want Rep. ____ to support Section 747 of the bill and fight back against any attempts to remove it. It would save my business from being shut down by overbearing FDA regulations. I want Rep. ___ to know that this bill would not stop the FDA from regulating e-cigarettes and vapor products, but it would just stop them from banning over 99% of products already on the market. Without this fix, my business and thousands of other stores just like mine will be shut down. Additionally, I’d like him / her to co-sponsor HR 2058, which would make the fix permanent.”

Remember, before Thursday, you want to talk to a staffer who works on Appropriations Committee issues about this issue.

If you can generate calls from your employees / customers, GREAT. The simple message that they should deliver is this: “Please co-sponsor HR 2058.” That’s it. Just tell them to leave an address

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