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L O B B Y DAY Shawn Blythe, IFF, greets Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). IFRANA members share a laugh with Representative Barry Loudermilk (R-GA-11). IFRANA members discuss priority issues with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). I FRANA’s 2017 Lobby Day yielded significant advancements 2016 2017 in the organization’s advocacy goals. We connected with key decision-makers (Members and staff) on issues of importance for the industry. IFRANA strengthened existing relationships, gained new support in Congress, and were offered assistance in arranging meetings with agency officials. These relationships will assist IFRANA in promoting a science-based, common sense, pro-industry legislative and regulatory environment for our member companies doing business in the U.S. Total Meetings 27 55 Congressional Member Meetings 7 13 Committee-Level Meetings N/A 8 IFRANA Participants 24 25 EXPANDING THE INDUSTRY’S FOOTPRINT Notably, while roughly the same number of IFRANA members participated as in 2016, 2017’s total meetings and Congressional Member-level meetings doubled. 2017 also marked the first time where IFRANA participants met with Ways & Means and Finance Committees and Subcommittees. IFRANA members also engaged with influential Congressional Members and staff on cosmetics reform, the EPA, tax, and trade policy. IFRANA elevated its approach to scheduling meetings by moving away from the previous “one-issue-per-team” model. Instead, each team educated policymakers about the fragrance industry and discussed IFRANA’s priority issues. Specifically, participants engaged policymakers on the topics of regulatory reform, tax & trade, TSCA implementation, and cosmetics reform legislation. Member-level meetings included Representatives Buddy Carter (R-GA-1), Steve Chabot (R-OH-1), Dan Donovan (R-NY-11), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA-3), Leonard Lance (R-NJ-7), Barry Loudermilk (R-GA-11), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-8), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-9), Mike Thompson (D-CA-5), Tim Walz (D-MN-1), and Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and David Perdue (R-GA). This year, we focused on increasing the number of quality meetings, achieving pubic recognition for our efforts, and leveraging meetings for future advocacy opportunities. Each goal is summarized, in turn, below. FRAGRANCENOTES.ORG 25