There was hope that the cigar industry would receive a Hail Mary when earlier this year, the House Appropriations Committee approved a bill that provided an exemption for premium cigars from the over-reach of the FDA.
However, in a bill proposal last night that will fund the U.S. Government until the spring of 2017 the language that would have provided safe passage for premium cigars was stripped from the bill. The bill will fund the US Government until the end of April when the next budget comes before the 115 Congress.
It is expected that the budget will pass with relatively little rebuttal as current funding runs out on December 9th.
The Budget can be view on docs.house.gov by clicking here.