Regional
12:24 pm
Mon October 11, 2004

Tobacco Buyout Bill On Track

Washington, DC – The Senate has removed the last major hurdle stalling passage of the most sweeping overhaul of corporate taxes in nearly two decades.
By a 66-14 vote, lawmakers agreed to end the delaying tactics used by opponents of the tax bill. Senators fighting the bill were unhappy it did not link a $10.1 billion buyout for tobacco farmers with increased regulation of tobacco.
Senators backing a provision to alow the FDA to regulate tobacco said their stand was necessary to keep children from becoming addicted to tobacco.
Proponents hoped for a final vote Monday. Opponents, however, pledged to keep searching for ways to string out the 30 hours of debate that are left.