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Candymakers meet virtually with lawmakers for annual fly-in, discuss Halloween safety

Candymakers meet virtually with lawmakers for annual fly-in, discuss Halloween safety
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The National Confectioners Association (NCA) connected candymakers with lawmakers ahead of a unique Halloween through a virtual fly-in this week. 

Over 100 candymakers met with 34 members of Congress including Sens. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseySenate Democrats hold talkathon to protest Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Two Loeffler staffers test positive for COVID-19 Healthcare, retirement security seen as top issues for older voters, lawmakers say MORE (D-Pa.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGraham wants to review ActBlue's source of small-dollar contributions GOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election Candymakers meet virtually with lawmakers for annual fly-in, discuss Halloween safety MORE (R-Ohio), Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyAppeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel GOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy MORE (R-Pa.) and Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSenate Democrats hold talkathon to protest Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Watchdog confirms State Dept. canceled award for journalist who criticized Trump Kasie Hunt to host lead-in show for MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' MORE (D-N.J.).

They also met with Reps. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), David JoyceDavid Patrick JoyceCandymakers meet virtually with lawmakers for annual fly-in, discuss Halloween safety Stand-alone bill to provide relief for airlines blocked on House floor Republicans shrug off Kasich's Democratic convention speech MORE (R-Ohio), Raja KrishnamoorthiSubramanian (Raja) Raja KrishnamoorthiTrust and transparency are necessary to make COVID-19 vaccine successful Candymakers meet virtually with lawmakers for annual fly-in, discuss Halloween safety Democrat asks intelligence director if Trump's personal debt is security problem MORE (D-Ill.), Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseMcCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments Jordan vows to back McCarthy as leader even if House loses more GOP seats Cedric Richmond's next move: 'Sky's the limit' if Biden wins MORE (R-La.) and Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierPentagon puts on show of force as questions circle on COVID-19 outbreak Candymakers meet virtually with lawmakers for annual fly-in, discuss Halloween safety COVID-19 sparks national security concerns with top brass in quarantine MORE (D-Calif.). Meetings spanned over three weeks and are concluding on Friday.

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The virtual meetings covered NCA’s lobbying priorities around the coronavirus pandemic like COVID-19 liability protections, Paycheck Protection Program loans and unemployment insurance. They also covered issues like pensions, trade and reforming the U.S. sugar program.

The candymakers talked to members about celebrating Halloween safely during the pandemic. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published guidance in September advising against "higher risk activities" that could contribute to the spread of COVID-19, including traditional trick-or-treating, indoor costume parties and visiting haunted houses.

“There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween,” the guidance reads, before listing “lower risk” activities, like pumpkin carving with members of your household.

The guidance follows a letter from a bipartisan group of 30 members of Congress to CDC Director Robert Redfield in August, asking the agency to issue public comment on the advisability of community activities for Halloween.

Halloween is the first major holiday during the coronavirus that is putting the candy industry in the spotlight. Candymakers later will face Christmas and Valentine’s Day during the pandemic as well.

But, Halloween is off to a good start. A recent NCA poll found that Americans are purchasing more Halloween candy and sales were up 13 percent over last year in the month ending Sept. 6. Sales of Halloween chocolate alone are up 25 percent.