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Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. DeMINT. Madam President, 3 million Americans use over-the-counter inhalers to control asthma and other respiratory problems. Three years ago, the EPA came out with a ruling that bans these over-the-counter inhalers which takes effect this----

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Mr. DeMINT. The EPA has banned these inhalers, even though they acknowledged negligible impact on the environment. My amendment just keeps this rule from going into effect until the manufacturer can complete its work with the FDA to change its propellent.

Let's allow Americans to continue their quality of life while we solve the problem. We don't need to do that this January. It will be solved without the FDA enforcing this rule.

I reserve the remainder of my time.

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Mr. DeMINT. Certainly, there are many doctors who want folks to come in and get prescriptions. There are many manufacturers who make prescription drugs, but let 3 million Americans access these inhalers. They do not cause any problems with the environment. The EPA has recognized it is negligible and the manufacturer will have this worked out over the next few years.

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