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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:45 PM
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Bush administration opposes tobacco regulation
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR

WASHINGTON (AP) The Bush administration strongly opposes legislation to give federal health authorities the power to regulate tobacco products, a top official said in a letter to Congress obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The letter is the strongest indication yet that the administration will try to block the broadly popular legislation, which is supported by majorities in both chambers, and lists both presidential contenders among its co-sponsors. Although a floor vote is expected in the House this summer, a protracted battle with the White House could doom chances for passing the bill this year.

"The administration would strongly oppose this legislation," Health and Human Services Sec. Michael Leavitt said in a July 21 letter to Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas. Barton is the senior Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which approved the bill on a lopsided 38-12 vote in April. At the time, 11 Republicans on the panel voted in favor of the legislation.

The bill would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate cigarettes and other tobacco products, to reduce the harm from smoking. Although the government would not be able to outlaw tobacco or ban nicotine, regulators could demand elimination of other hazardous ingredients in cigarettes. The bill represents a compromise between anti-tobacco activists and Philip Morris USA, the nation's largest tobacco company ...

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5icGCbR5NgOT3UrHGpBx4...
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Lint Head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:06 PM
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1. Bushed opposes all regulation. Particularly when it comes to obeying the law.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:08 PM
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2. Is this a surprise to anyone? BushCo is always for anything that is for big business
and they never give a damn about the little people....
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