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Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2008, --Continued --

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DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2008--Continued -- (Senate - October 23, 2007)

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Mr. VITTER. Mr. President, I rise today to discuss my amendment, Amendment No. 3328, which is currently pending to the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill before the Senate. My original amendment is simple. It would stop officials at HHS from preventing individuals from bringing back a prescribed medication for themselves from Canada. I have agreed to make two modifications to my amendment. My amendment, as modified, would add explicit restrictions on controlled substances and biological products from my amendment.

Therefore, as modified, my amendment prohibits funds from preventing individuals, not wholesalers, from importing prescriptions for themselves, and that because there is no restriction in my language as to how they may import these prescriptions, it is understood that mail order and Internet importation is not prohibited along with carrying on the person over the border. All controlled substances and biological products are prohibited.

It is my understanding that my amendment will be accepted by voice vote today on the agreement that the chairman and ranking member of the subcommittee, Senator HARKIN and Senator SPECTER, will work hard for its inclusion in the final conference report for the final legislative vehicle for this bill.

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