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Senator Santorum Expresses Disappointment over Senate Approval of Amendment that Would Compromise Health Safety and Good Paying Jobs

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Senator Santorum Expresses Disappointment over Senate Approval of Amendment that Would Compromise Health Safety and Good Paying Jobs

July 11, 2006
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, today made the following statement regarding Senate passage of an amendment to H.R. 5441, the Homeland Security Appropriations Act:

"I am deeply disappointed and concerned that the Senate today adopted an amendment that would prohibit the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection from assisting the Food and Drug Administration from enforcing current laws that help protect the health and safety of Americans.

"Although the Secretary of Health and Human Services has the authority to allow importation of prescriptions from Canada if they are able to certify it is safe to do, no Secretary under either the Clinton or Bush Administration has been able to do so. I am deeply troubled that as the Senate debates ways to keep our homeland safe and secure, an amendment was adopted which will facilitate importation of prescription drugs from Canada—a country that has publicly stated on numerous occasions that it cannot guarantee the safety of pharmaceuticals exported from, or through, its borders to the United States. Compromising the health of our nation is not the way to address concerns about ensuring access to affordable prescription drugs. "

http://santorum.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressOffice.View&ContentRecord_id=1924&Region_id=0&Issue_id=0

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