President Obama’s FY2014 Budget Supports Nutrition Programs

With nearly one in five Americans saying they struggle to afford enough food for their households, President Barack Obama’s FY2014 budget, released last week, protects and proposes to further strengthen federal nutrition programs. “President Obama’s budget recognizes the crucial role the federal nutrition programs play in helping low-income people afford and access healthy food. By…

Senators Urge FDA to Restrict Electronic Cigarettes

Calling electronic cigarettes a possible pathway to traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products, five U.S. senators are calling on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to issue “deeming regulations” asserting regulatory authority over tobacco products such as cigars, pipe tobacco, e-cigarettes, and dissolvable tobacco products—and to restrict the sale, distribution, and marketing of e-cigarettes…

News Bulletins from FRAC

Rep. DeLauro Speaks Out for Strong Safety Net in Farm BillU.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) has urged her colleagues working on the Farm Bill to stop looking to the SNAP/Food Stamp Program for cuts in their deficit reduction strategies. “We simply should not be reducing our efforts to prevent hunger here at home while so…

Senators Introduce Bill to Stop Tobacco Smuggling, Increase Federal Tobacco Tax

U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have introduced the Tobacco Tax and Enforcement Reform Act, legislation that would reduce illegal tobacco trafficking, eliminate tax disparities between different tobacco products, and increase the federal excise tax rate on tobacco products. According to a press release, the bill…