CRN meets with freshmen offices in House, Senate

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday announced the association has reached “a milestone of meetings,” having met with all 112 freshmen offices in the House and Senate within the first 60 legislative days of the 112th Congress.

“Incoming members face a daunting challenge of quickly getting up to speed on a myriad of issues and industries,” CRN VP government relations Mike Greene said. “Like so many other industries, the dietary supplement industry faces complex legal and regulatory challenges that require a focused and articulate education program if we hope to find allies on Capitol Hill. Our goal is to develop open lines of communication with legislators and to serve as a resource on potential legislative issues.”

The meetings with the new offices focused on the role of dietary supplements in good health, their value to healthcare savings and the economy in general, and the extent of the existing regulation for supplements under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, CRN stated.

“Now that we have been able to meet with so many new faces in Congress and introduce CRN and the industry, we’ll adjust our approach to reflect specific requests and proposals, such as urging support for specific legislation, co-signing letters or joining the Dietary Supplement Caucus,” Greene added. “CRN’s annual Day on the Hill in June will provide our member companies an opportunity to meet with individual congressional offices and share their concerns and ideas, not just as representatives of the dietary supplement industry, but also as employers, economic contributors and constituents.”

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