The Dirty Two-Dozen a.k.a. “the big tobacco pack”

Here’s the list you DON’T want your member to join:

Rep Barrow, John [GA-12]
Rep Black, Diane [TN-6]
Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [IA-3]
Rep Buerkle, Ann Marie [NY-25]
Rep Coble, Howard [NC-6]
Rep Cole, Tom [OK-4]
Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-7]
Rep Ellmers, Renee L. [NC-2]
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23]
Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3]
Rep Kind, Ron [WI-3]
Rep Kinzinger, Adam [IL-11]
Rep Marino, Tom [PA-10]
Rep Matsui, Doris O. [CA-5]
Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7]
Rep Nunes, Devin [CA-21]
Rep Owens, William L. [NY-23]
Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15]
Rep Rehberg, Denny [MT]
Rep Rooney, Thomas J. [FL-16]
Rep Schrader, Kurt [OR-5]
Rep Sullivan, John [OK-1]
Rep Thompson, Bennie G. [MS-2]
Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-30]
Rep Yoder, Kevin [KS-3]

This is the list of the two-dozen members of the U.S. House of Representatives backing H.R. 4134, a bill written by Big Tobacco companies and designed to drive small entrepreneurs out of business. The legislation essentially reclassifies certain tobacco shops in the U.S. as “manufacturing facilities” if they sell “roll your own” cigarettes. For any of these small tobacco shops, this will mean a bunch of new taxes, new regulations, and they’ll quickly have to close their businesses.

That’s what Big Tobacco wants. They want to keep their monopoly. They’ve devised H.R.4134, a PAY TO PLAY scheme, and U.S. Rep. Diane Black has introduced Big Tobacco’s bill in Congress. She calls it “closing a loophole” in the tax code. But if she weren’t directly doing the bidding of Big Tobacco, why hasn’t she gone after any other loophole? Why not push for comprehensive tax reform?

Indeed, Rep. Diane Black’s own website states:

“In this economic climate, it is absolutely wrong to raise taxes on families and employers. Rather we should make the tax code simpler and fairer, not larger and more painful.”

And yet, RAISING TAXES on employers and families is EXACTLY what Congresswoman Diane Black proposes. In addition, H.R.4134 heaps pig poop into the air when it says “roll your own” cigarettes aren’t complying with state and federal regulations. Really? Really Congresswoman Diane Big Tobacco Black? This is what you went to Congress for? To raise taxes and regulations on small business owners? For shame.

Call your member of Congress today and say NO to H.R. 4134. Tell #BigTobacco their pay-to-play scheme is OVER.

The U.S. House of Representatives switchboard telephone is 202-224-3121. Call and ask for your representative’s office. If you don’t know your representative, you can look him/her up by zip code. You can also go online and look it up here: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

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