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House Proceeding 04-01-09 on Apr 1st, 2009 :: 1:02:55 to 1:09:05
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Henry A. Waxman

1:02:39 to 1:03:01( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: in the nature of a substitute printed in part b of the report. if ordered by the gentleman from indiana, mr. buyer, or his designee, which shall be in order without intervention of any point of order, shall be considered read and shall be debatable for 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent. the gentleman from california, mr. waxman, and the gentleman

Henry A. Waxman

1:02:55 to 1:09:05( Edit History Discussion )
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Henry A. Waxman

1:03:02 to 1:03:23( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: from indiana, mr. buyer, will each control 30 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. waxman: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume in debating this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. waxman: mr. speaker, in and my colleagues, we have come to what i hope will be an historic

Henry A. Waxman

1:03:24 to 1:03:44( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: occasion and that is finally doing something about the harm that tobacco does to thousands and thousands of americans who die each year and to st the attempt to get our children to smoke. but it's taken us far too long

Henry A. Waxman

1:03:45 to 1:04:05( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: to get to this point. in 1994 to the tobacco executives stood up before my subcommittee, they raised their hands and said they were going to tell the truth, they swore under oath, though, that nicotine was not addictive. they also said cigarettes were not harmful. they also said they didn't

Henry A. Waxman

1:04:06 to 1:04:26( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: manipulate nicotine. they also said that they would never target kids. and it turned out they were not telling us the truth. in 1996 the food and drug administration tried to regulate tobacco products but the supreme court told them that they needed

Henry A. Waxman

1:04:27 to 1:04:47( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: congress to give them specific legal authority. and now 13 years lat here we are finally giving f.d.a. that authority to regulate the leading preventable cause of death in america. every one of us has seen the devastating affects of tobacco through losing someone we love,

Henry A. Waxman

1:04:48 to 1:05:10( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: watching others grow sick or even feeling the grip of addiction firsthand. worst of all is watching our children and grandchildren be targeted as the next wave of casualties. regulating tobacco is the single most important thing we can do

Henry A. Waxman

1:05:11 to 1:05:31( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: right now to curb this deadly toll. and f.d.a. is the only agency with the right combination of scientific expertise, regulatory experience and public health mission to oversee these products effectively. this legislation will direct the food and drug administration to

Henry A. Waxman

1:05:32 to 1:05:53( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: end the marketing and sales of tobacco to kids, to prevent mafacturers from calling cigarettes light or less dangerous when in fact they are not. and to require changes to what is in cigarettes, like toxic ingredients such as from a meld hide, benzine, radio active

Henry A. Waxman

1:05:54 to 1:06:15( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: elements and other deadly chemicals. some have objected that this bill is too big a challenge for an already overburdened f.d.a. but it's clear to me that f.d.a.'s recent struggles are primarily a result of years of chronic underfunding. this does not mean that f.d.a.

Henry A. Waxman

1:06:16 to 1:06:40( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: with strong and committed leadership cant take on the critical role of protecting the country against the harms of tobacco. it simply means that when we give the agency the new responsibility we also must give it the resources necsary to do the job and to do it well.

Henry A. Waxman

1:06:41 to 1:07:03( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: . the tobacco program will be fully funded through a new user fee paid for by the industry. that money will go exclusively to the new tobacco center and will be enough for f.d.a. to handle this task. furthermore by doing so, we will ensure that the new tobacco

Henry A. Waxman

1:07:04 to 1:07:24( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: program will have no impact on other missions at the food and in short, we have everything we need to take this historic step, a comprehensive and flexible set of new authorities and full certain funding. all we need now is the political

Henry A. Waxman

1:07:25 to 1:07:45( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: will to do the right thing. the support for this bill from aarp to the american academy of pediatrics from the southern baptist convention to the islamic society of north america shows just how critical this issue is to all americans. it's also supported by the

Henry A. Waxman

1:07:46 to 1:08:09( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: american lung association and american heart association and american cancer society, the groups best situated to understand the damage caused by tobacco. i also want to note that we have worked hard to accommodate specific concerns that we have heard about this bill. in committee consideration of the bill last year, we made

Henry A. Waxman

1:08:10 to 1:08:31( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: changes to ensure fairness and flexibility for convenience stores, tobacco growers and small manufacturers and we worked with the minority to incorporate their suggestions. we also worked with members of the congressional black caucus to ensure that menthol cigarettes will be an early focus of the agency's attention

Henry A. Waxman

1:08:32 to 1:08:53( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: and the agency has the authority to deal with these and other products. i nt to thank myolleague, todd platts for his strong leadership and dedication for working on this legislation as well as john dingell and frank pallone in moving this bill forward over the years.

Henry A. Waxman

1:08:54 to 1:09:06( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: i also want to thank ed towns, steven lynch and ike skeleton who were critical in getting to this point. each of these individuals have produced a great victory for all

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