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Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, the District of Columbia, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006

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TRANSPORTATION, TREASURY, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, THE JUDICIARY, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AND INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2006 -- (House of Representatives - June 30, 2005)

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AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. BROWN OF OHIO

Mr. BROWN of Ohio. Mr. Chairman, I offer an amendment.

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Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Mr. Chairman, I rise in strong opposition to the amendment. The Brown amendment seeks to prevent the President's Council of Economic Advisers, a highly reputable group, from referencing an independent study that concluded the average new drug or medicine takes $800 million to develop in its future economic reports.

This $800 million figure comes from a 2003 Tufts University study, not from the PhRMA, pharmaceutical industry, and not from the administration. There is nothing partisan or slanted about its findings. To try to block information just because you disagree with it is not the way to serve the American people who deserve and expect debate on the real costs of researching and developing pharmaceuticals. This amendment amounts, basically, to censorship and deserves to be defeated.

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