FIRST ON FOX: House Republicans announced Thursday that they are probing the Biden administration over its proposed menthol cigarette ban, which is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.
In a letter to senior White House officials, House Small Business Committee Chairman Roger Williams, R-Texas, and Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pa., expressed concern about the proposed regulations and listed a series of questions about the rulemaking process. They urged the administration to consider the proposal’s “significant economic impacts on small entities” and potential “fueling of illicit markets” that would result.
“Unfortunately, the Biden administration has proposed another rule that would disproportionally harm our nation’s small businesses,” Williams — who led the letter to Office of Management & Budget Director Shalanda Young and Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs Administrator Richard Revesz — told Fox News Digital in a statement.
“Banning menthol cigarettes would result in an estimated loss of $2 billion dollars in sales at convenience stores across the country and would simply create a black market for these products,” he continued. “It is my hope that Director Young and Administrator Revesz reject this rule and allow small business to operate without government interference.”
Williams and Meuser noted in their letter that,