Tobacco Regulation Bill Being Debated

Legislation giving the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products appears on track for passage after a procedural vote in the Senate on Thursday, but Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) are taking steps to slow or stop the bill.  S. 982, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, is similar to legislation recently passed by the House (H.R. 1256). Burr and Hagan are expected to offer a substitute amendment during this debate and will likely attempt to filibuster the bill if it is not altered. The Burr-Hagan amendment provides additional protection from on-farm FDA regulation of tobacco and is supported by Farm Bureau