Fragrance Notes Summer/Fall 2017 - Page 28

L O B B Y DAY Farah Ahmed, IFRANA; Steve Tanner, Arylessence; Representative Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-9) Andreas Steiner, Symrise; Representative Buddy Carter (R-GA-1); Farah Ahmed, IFRANA; Steve Tanner, Arylessence. • IFRANA had the opportunity to educate influential tax and trade Congressional Members and staff about the fragrance industry and our unique needs and contributions. Several of these individuals were unaware of the B-to-B nature of our business, the contribution of fragrance to consumption (purchasing decisions), importance of CBI, the high-tech nature of the fragrance industry, and the degree we are sensitive to trade. More education is required, especially as the government embarks on NAFTA negotiations and Boarder Adjustability Tax continues to evolve. IFRANA will work through these new Hill relationships and agency relationships as the 115th Congress & Executive Branch ad dress tax reform and trade negotiations; • IFRANA’s message about TSCA implementation was welcomed and informative; Congressional Members and staffers 28 F R A G R A N C E N O T E S S U M M E R / FA L L 2 0 1 7 Robert Weinstein, Robertet; Ken McAlister, Interome Fragrance Corporation Andreas Steiner, Symrise; Farah Ahmed, IFRANA; Senator John Boozman (R-AR); Steve Tanner, Arylessence; Cynthia Reichard, Arylessence. recognized the need for adequate appropriations and qualified EPA staff to effectuate the purposes of TSCA. Notably, as a result of Lobby Day, Representative Loudermilk offered to assist IFRANA in obtaining a meeting wit h EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt; and • Regarding pending cosmetics legislation, IFRANA emphasized the need for trade secret protection, predictability, and a uniform, nationwide system. IFRANA follow-up requests from Representatives Lance and Pallone as well as Senators Feinstein and Hatch. A number of offices wished to learn more about the fragrance industry. IFRANA will continue to provide information, leave-behinds, and other advocacy tools to maximize the impact of its 2017 Lobby Day.