By cph9680

March 5, 2009 — House committee votes to regulate tobacco industry

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in a 39-13 vote today. The bill, which has been repeatedly proposed in the last 10 years, authorizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate the $80-billion-a-year tobacco industry. The legislation would also restrict tobacco marketing to young people, add larger warnings to cigarette packs and require the FDA to monitor ingredients and the introduction of new products. “Regulating tobacco is the single most important thing that we can do right now to curb the deadly toll of tobacco, and the FDA is the right agency to do the job,” said Representative Henry Waxman, a California Democrat , the committee’s chairman and the bill’s sponsor. All the committee’s Democrats, along with six Republicans, voted for the bill and the legislation will now go to the full house. Similar legislation has been proposed in the Senate  by Senator Edward Kennedy.

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Unmployment numbers reach record highs The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment jumped to a 26-year high last week, the highest level since October 1982, the Labor Department said. the total number of people collecting unemployment benefits reached a record 4.788 million the week before. Economists project the government will report tomorrow the unemployment rate jumped to 7.5 percent in January, the highest in 16 years, according to a Bloomberg survey. Businesses from retailProxy-Connection: keep-alive
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o banking have announced job cuts as both consumers and businesses cut spending, which will likely lead to more cuts. The government predicts the U.S. lost 540,ooo jobs last month. President Obama is urging Congress to pass his economic stimulus to restart the economy. Last week, the House passed the $819 billion legislation and the Senate will vote on a version next week. Palestinians looking for relief after war Thousands of Palestinians livProxy-Connection: keep-alive
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g in tents in Gaza following the three week war with Israel hope for an end to Israel’s blockage so they can return to whatever homes they have left. At least 16,000 people have taken refuge in 10 camps set up in one of the districts destroyed, aid workers said. About 1,300 Palestinians were killed and another 5,000 wounded in the war. Israelis have limited supplies  into Gaza since since Hamas Islamists took control of the fighting with Fatah. Relief agencies have handed out blankets for the displaced, but with no formal ceasefire in place, Palestinians say they don’t feel safe. The Israeli border is not far away. For Lil Wayne 2008 was a big year, and 2009 could be even bigger. He won big at the VMAs, he played with Kid Rock at the CMAs and Sunday he could win big at the Grammys.


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