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FDA Tobacco Bill Clears Key Senate Hurdle

Law360 (June 9, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A long-discussed measure that will give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration power to regulate tobacco products has passed a cloture vote in the U.S. Senate, paving the way for its final passage.

Monday night's 61-30 vote in the Senate was the last, best chance for opponents of the bill – most notably Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who led a filibuster effort – to block its progress. Now that it has survived a cloture vote, no more amendments may be added – and the Senate could...
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