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Richard Burr

1:18:17 to 1:18:37( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: quorum call: the presiding officer: the senato a senator: mr. unanimous consent to vitiate the the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. a senator: mr. president, as i've stated earlier today, i'll be back time and time and time again t one, understand what bill's

Richard Burr

1:18:20 to 1:52:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Richard Burr

Richard Burr

1:18:38 to 1:18:59( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: being considered this week in the united states senate, but more ramifications of doing the wrong thing mr. burr: i think most americans would agree that we should do everything we can to regulate tobacco products as it relates to the youth of our country. by the same standard i think that we have an obligation, as members of the united states

Richard Burr

1:19:00 to 1:19:22( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: senate, to make sure we don't, in fact, limit the choice of adults that choose products. i believe that you don't limit that if you responsibly regulate the product. i believe you do limit it if, in fact, to make something fit, you

Richard Burr

1:19:23 to 1:19:45( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: design a regulatory scheme that by default limits the future options that adu now, i left off earlier talking about the core mission of the food and drug administration being to protect the safety and efficacy to protect public health by assuring the safety

Richard Burr

1:19:46 to 1:20:08( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: and efficacy of pharmaceutical products, biologics, cosmetics, the food supply. we've been challenged over the last couple of years with food supply, whether it is contaminated peanut butter and spinach in i think that most of us agree that the f.d.a. has been deficient in the area of food safety.

Richard Burr

1:20:09 to 1:20:31( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: as a matter of fact, the people authorizing bills to dump on the f.d.a. the tobacco, we're very critical of the f.d.a. as food safety oversight, so it shouldn't shock any of us that -- that they're they've c

Richard Burr

1:20:32 to 1:20:52( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: let me add to that the former the f.d.a. commissioner statements about this bill. the provisions in this bill would require substantial resources in the f.d.a. may not be in a position to meet all the activities within the proposed user fee levels. as a consequence of this, f.d.a.

Richard Burr

1:20:53 to 1:21:15( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: ot addressing the safety of drugs, food, and begin to implement this program. this is not something that i've schemed this comes from the former drug administration that within the framework of t ke

Richard Burr

1:21:16 to 1:21:37( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: levels for us to s framework, and therefore we might other programs such as addressing the safety of drugs an now, let me explain this program to implement a year. $787 million a year.

Richard Burr

1:21:38 to 1:21:59( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: i will propose, along with senator hagan, a substitute when how much they absolutely fund that new entity to regulate the tobacco industry, they told us $100 million. so there's already an option on the table that

Richard Burr

1:22:00 to 1:22:20( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: user fees from the industry to fund $100 million-a year program to regulate the tobacco or we can choose to put it at the f.d.a. where we're basically going to do the s thing and the former f.d.a. commissioner said the $787 million devoted in user fees

Richard Burr

1:22:21 to 1:22:45( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: enough to meet the regulatory requirements set forth in this legislation. now, it's -- it's a little bit worse than that. because the c.b.o. stated before the kennedy pla implemente by a shell game of

Richard Burr

1:22:46 to 1:23:06( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: military mandator savings plan, federal government, but said before you can do that to pay for the program, you've got to come up with $200 million to kick the program it's the kennedy program be implemented from game of funding that they set up.

Richard Burr

1:23:07 to 1:23:27( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: but, more importantly, they're going -- it's going almost eight times more t we do the regulation of tobacco in a separate entity under guidance of the secretary of sa guidance of the food and drug administration, the

Richard Burr

1:23:28 to 1:23:50( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: secretary, what we're going to propose is that we set up a agency to, in tobacco pro but not get it other core missions l safety and efficacy of bilogics and it would be a huge mistake, i believe.

Richard Burr

1:23:51 to 1:24:13( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: let me, if i could, quote jack solomon's april 2008 op-ed in "reason" magazine in talking about the kennedy bill. he said and i quote -- "a consumer protection bill that reduced competi prices, restricted blocked information and products more

Richard Burr

1:24:14 to 1:24:34( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: not really be counted as a success. the act imposes new burdens and advertising restrictions with compliance cost and reduced competion are the bill not only authorizes the prohibition of s products in lifesaving

Richard Burr

1:24:35 to 1:24:56( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: information about relative it gives the f.d.a. permission to make nicotine more such a mandate cigarettes less attractive to new smokers would force current smokers to absorb higher levels

Richard Burr

1:24:57 to 1:25:17( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: obtain their nicotine. ac will enable the f.d.a. to protect smokers from tobacco, but who will protect smokers from the f.d.a.? that doesn't come from richard burr, it doesn't come from any other member. this -- this -- this comes from an individual who's had an opportunit

Richard Burr

1:25:18 to 1:25:40( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: something the majority of the members of the united states senate have not done. the kennedy bill, they would never put the jurisdiction for tobacco at the they would never jeopardize the safety of drugs, of cosmetics, of devices, of in fact, the bill -- the kennedy

Richard Burr

1:25:41 to 1:26:02( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: bill authorizes the prohibition of safer tobacco products. now, let me say that because i don't think everybody realizes what i said. the bill prohibits safer products and the sensorring of

Richard Burr

1:26:03 to 1:26:23( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: lifesaving information of relative risk among tobacco products. but this is being sold as a public health bill. this is being sold as a bill that reduces youth of tobacco products. let me tell you what we did in 1998. really wasn't what we did. we were, i guess smart enough to stay out of it.

Richard Burr

1:26:24 to 1:26:45( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: the tobacco companies understanding that there was a tremendous health cost, health cost that resulted from their products, came up wit settlement with all of the states in the country, it was called the master settlement agreement, the m.s.a. we'll talk about the m.s.a. a lot over the next few days. how much was the m.s.a.?

Richard Burr

1:26:46 to 1:27:07( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: it was a guaranteed award of $182 billion over a period of time. an every year the that payment to the states. these funds were to be used for health care costs and associated with tobacco use, meaning cessation programs. it was to pay

Richard Burr

1:27:08 to 1:27:28( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: to get people to stop to stop using tobacco products. if money theay that the c.d.c. recommends to them every year, trust me, we wouldn't be here today. we would not be talking about the f.d.a. tak jurisdiction of -- of the regulatory responsibilities of tobacco.

Richard Burr

1:27:29 to 1:27:49( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: because it states used the money that was devoted for these cessation programs, the reduction in smoking would have been dramatic. now, let me to the c.d.c. smoking rates among americans declined annually 2% to 4%. currently 2% to 4% a year.

Richard Burr

1:27:50 to 1:28:13( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: c.b.o. when looking at the kennedy bill estimated that when implemented this legislation would only degrees smoking -- decrease smoking in other words, versus the keant bill -- versus

Richard Burr

1:28:14 to 1:28:36( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: the kennedy bill, trend line that gives us a 15.97% usage of tobacco product in the year 2016. under the kennedy bill as scored by c.b.o., you would have a products of 17% in 2016. almost a 2% difference.

Richard Burr

1:28:37 to 1:28:57( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: a 2% additional decline if we do nothing. and i'm not here proposing that we do n i' the new regulation, we just don't do in a way that he's inly jeopardizes the safety, the gold standard of the food and drug administration. now, i think it'shocking when i talk about the

Richard Burr

1:28:58 to 1:29:19( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: m.s.a., $280 billion over these number of years designed to help states with their health care costs and with cessaon programs. what have the states been doing? let me pick a few of them could. of what the c.d.c. recommended to the state of connecticut that they spend on cessation programs, programs to get people to stop using tobacco products,

Richard Burr

1:29:20 to 1:29:41( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: how much did connecticut spe of the recommendations? easy, 18.9% of what the cdc recommendation was. 18.9%. i don't know whether they built sidewalks, or highways, or paved roads or what they did with it but t to try to smoking. whyst because it's too easy to

Richard Burr

1:29:42 to 1:30:03( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: come up here and pass something that you can turn around and say, well, this should work but rather than to actually devote money to it, actually do something that matters. as a matter of fact, let me say that the smoking prevalence among youth in connecticut is 21.1%. the alcohol prevalence in youth

Richard Burr

1:30:04 to 1:30:27( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: in connecticut is 46%. th use among youth is 23.2%. let me say those again: the use of marijuana in youth in connecticut is 23.2%; of alcohol, it's

Richard Burr

1:30:28 to 1:30:51( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: it's 21.1%. why aren't we addressing the real problems? alcohol usage prevalence among youth -- twice what marijuana, 2% higr than tobacco. illinois, of the recommended amount to go to cessation how much did they

Richard Burr

1:30:52 to 1:31:14( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: spend of the recommended amount? 6.1%. 6% of what c.d.c. said they ought money on programs to reduce the rate of smoking, they used 6%. 19.9% of the prevalence

Richard Burr

1:31:15 to 1:31:35( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: use of tobacco, 43.7% of alcohol, 20.3% marijuana. again, alcohol and marijuana are high than the youth prevalence of youtho?obacco usa 6% of the c.d.c. recommendation devoted to programs to reduce the use of tobacco products. massachusetts, of the c.dc.

Richard Burr

1:31:36 to 1:31:56( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: recommendation of how much should go to programs to get people to stop the use of tobacco products, 85% devoted toomething else, building sidewalks, whatever, filling in budget gaps but not to the reduction of use tobacco products. but this is such a prevalent

Richard Burr

1:31:57 to 1:32:20( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: issue we're going to spend a week or longer of the senate's time talking about how we jeopardize the gold standard of the f.d.a. when states have had the funds s th use it on something else because it wasn't a big deal.

Richard Burr

1:32:21 to 1:32:44( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: well, in massachusetts, 17%, 17.7% prevalence knowledge of tobacco products; 46.2 of alcohol; 24.6 of marijuana usage. missouri, of the c.d.c. recommendation for cessation programs, how much did they spend?

Richard Burr

1:32:45 to 1:33:08( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: 3.7% -- they said we will not spend this on what the c.dc. recommend we do to reduce but we will spend on what we want. 23.8% of the children of youth prevalence of tobacco, 44% of alcohol, 19% thank goodness marijuana use

Richard Burr

1:33:09 to 1:33:29( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: knowledge in missouri is lower among youth than tobacco. nevada of the recommendation of how much one devotes in nevada tobacco usage, 12.6% of the recommendation,

Richard Burr

1:33:30 to 1:33:52( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: and 13.6% youth prevalence. they do a tremendous job with making sure youth. and in new hampshire, of the c.d.c. recommendation they spent 5.7% on programs to get people

Richard Burr

1:33:53 to 1:34:15( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: to stop smoking. 19% youth prevalence for smoking; 44.8% youth prevalence for alcohol; 22.9% youth prevalence for marijuana. w jersey, 8.5% of the c.d.c. recommendation, and 19.8% for smoking prevalence in youth;

Richard Burr

1:34:16 to 1:34:37( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: 46.5%, alcohol preva youth; 19.9% marijuana prevalence for youth. ohio, how much of the c.d.c. recommendation for programs to actually reduce consumption of tobacco products? 4.9% -- 4.9%.

Richard Burr

1:34:38 to 1:34:59( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: tobacco use prevalence among alcohol, 45.7%. marijuana 17.7%. texas, of the recommendation, 4.7%. over 95% of the recommendation of the c.d.c. if you want to reduce youth prevalence of

Richard Burr

1:35:00 to 1:35:20( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: smoking, 95% went somewhere else; 21% prevalence in youth smoking; 48% alcohol; marijuana. this is just a sampling. for now, 11 years, they've had the funding to do the

Richard Burr

1:35:21 to 1:35:41( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: they've seen a the states -- great need to the tune in some cases of 96-plus percent that they were going to de the prevalence of youth wasn't that big a concern to those states. and they diverted that money.

Richard Burr

1:35:42 to 1:36:03( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: now such a pressing issue though the trends doing nothing actually reduces the use of tobacco products of smoking more than the bill that's being considered -- if we

Richard Burr

1:36:04 to 1:36:27( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: did nothing it but all of audden we've got religion in the united states senate. here's actually pass somethi home and say, look wh we have done. 10 years ago we promised the f.d.a. would have jurisdiction and we didn't do it. but they forget 11 years ago when we passe modernization act, we opened up

Richard Burr

1:36:28 to 1:36:48( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: the entirety of the f.d.a. as we redesigned how they functioned and no member of congress offered an amendment to give the f.d.a -- 11 years ago -- the responsibili andvery member focused over 2 1/2 years in crafting that legislation to make sure that this mission statement "the responsibility forrotecting the public health by assuring

Richard Burr

1:36:49 to 1:37:11( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: the safety and efficacy of drugs, devices, cosmetics, food safety," that we didn't do anything to diminish thi all. and now all of a sudden, 11 years later, we're claiming for 10 years we actually f.d.a. to have the jurisdiction of tobacco and we're willing jeopardize the mission of f.d.a.

Richard Burr

1:37:12 to 1:37:32( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: on drugs, devices, on biologics, on food safety, just because we want to give them this new jurisdiction. once again, mr. president, i'd say to my bill. actually spend the time to sit down and read the bill. and you are jeopardizing the future of the american people relative to

Richard Burr

1:37:33 to 1:37:53( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: the drug safety needed in this country. let me quote from the american association of public health physicians in their white paper on the case of harm reduction. you will hear me talk about reduced risk products and harm reduction a lot over the next several days. it quotes "tobacco harm

Richard Burr

1:37:54 to 1:38:15( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: reduction is taken to mean encouraging and inabling smokers to reduce the risk of tobacco-related illnes and death by switching to less had douse smokeless tobacco products. in practical terms, enhancement of current policies based on the premise that all tobacco produc yield only small and very

Richard Burr

1:38:16 to 1:38:36( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: measure an reductions in tobacco-related illness and death. addition of harm reduction components, however, could yield a 50% to 80% reduction in tobacco-related illness and death over the first 10 years and a likely reduction 90% within 20 years."

Richard Burr

1:38:37 to 1:38:58( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: that comes from the american association physicians that basically say, what you're getting ready to do is a huge mistake. you are getting ready to grandfather every tobacco product that's on the marketplace tod ruling out the new products that might come to market in the future that would have a devastating impact on the reduction of death and illness

Richard Burr

1:38:59 to 1:39:20( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: among the american people which has a direct health care costs. from the roy physicians in sweden: "in sweden, the available low-harm smokeless products have shown to be an acceptable substitut cigarettes to many smokers, while gateway progression from

Richard Burr

1:39:21 to 1:39:42( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: relatively uncommon." why is this important? because you will hear people come down and they will say, these new smokeless products shouldn't come to the marketplace because that's an opportunity for the youth in this country to get hooked on nicotine and then turn to smoking. smokeless product has an age limit just like as a matter of fact, i quoted the numbers

Richard Burr

1:39:43 to 1:40:03( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: prevalence for youth. marijuana is illegal. it does not have an it. it is illegal. yet for most of i read the youth higher than that of tobacco. where's the outrage?

Richard Burr

1:40:04 to 1:40:25( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: dr. coburn will come to the floor at some point and he offer a recommendation that we give the jurisdiction to f.d.a. for smoking marijuana. wh more health

Richard Burr

1:40:26 to 1:40:46( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: i'll let him make the case because th credibility of his and let me say that there are 14 doctors in the 111th congress -- 14 doctors in the 111th congress. the congress we are currently in. with two of those doctors in the united states senate.

Richard Burr

1:40:47 to 1:41:07( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: dr. coburn and dr. barrasso. but one of the house m.d.'s a member of the felt compelled to explain why he voted against this bill in united states senate -- a doctor that voted against the companion

Richard Burr

1:41:08 to 1:41:30( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: bill to the kennedy bill. let me quote him. congressma practiced medicine in north texas for 25 years and lost both of his parents to

Richard Burr

1:41:31 to 1:41:51( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: he explained it this way: "the f.d.a. is a beleaguer agency that cannot do what we currently require it to do with food and drugs. agency officials have stated the f.d.a. is badly understaffed and underfunded yet with this bill we're giving the agency an entire new group -- tobacco. this is hardly rational let alone safe for the

Richard Burr

1:41:52 to 1:42:13( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: american public. until demonstrate on a consistent basis that they have the capacity to do all we currently require them we should not give them additional responsibilities." is that's a doctor of

Richard Burr

1:42:14 to 1:42:34( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: it's basically work of the f.d.a. and saying, nobody to their right mind, especially a medical professional, would consider this to be a wise thing to offer the f.d.a. additional jurisdiction. until they can prove that they understand the responsibilities

Richard Burr

1:42:35 to 1:42:55( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: of the f.d.a., which is to protect the public healt assuring the safety and efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, bu devices and products that emit radiation, until they do this,

Richard Burr

1:42:56 to 1:43:17( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: why would them anymore? that's a medical doctor of 25 years making that statement. when he in the house of representatives. now let me just say, this bill's going to pass. maybe no illusions about why? because members haven't read it.

Richard Burr

1:43:18 to 1:43:39( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: if they read it, there's no way they'd vote for it. and the truths, this is going to be popular at loam and they're going to go loam and say, i gave the f.d.a. regulation of tobacco products. they will not say, we have had an reduce youth usage of tobacco and our state decided not to even meet the recommendations of

Richard Burr

1:43:40 to 1:44:03( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: the c.d.c., much less the other money. we thought it was more important budget gaps than it was to meet these new targets. but now we've got the answer to it because giving it to the f.d.a., no child is ever going to baloney. if they're under 18 today, they're finding some way to buy them.

Richard Burr

1:44:04 to 1:44:24( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: it's surprise it when we look at the marijuana usage where is product is not age limited t is illegal and more youth use marijuana than useets. -- cigarettes. there's something here and we have to focus it if, in fact, we

Richard Burr

1:44:25 to 1:44:46( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: make sure we don't do the wrong thing. mr. president, let me at this time cite part of a letter from elizabeth dr. weeland is the president of the american council on science and health. and this letter was sent congressman steve bouer and congressman mike mcintyre in the house. she writes.

Richard Burr

1:44:47 to 1:45:07( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: this "h.r. 1256 will not only fail to reduce the ravages of cigarette-induced disease and death, it will likely worsen it. the new regulation of tobacco additives will not lower the toxic or car sin again mixtures induced by the combustion and inhalation of cigarette smoke. the enhanced restriction o lower risk tobacco products,

Richard Burr

1:45:08 to 1:45:31( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: such as smokeless tobacco and clean nicotine, which have been shown to assist addicted smokers in quitting, will condemn the over 40 million addicted smokers to the same, old

Richard Burr

1:45:32 to 1:45:52( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: pair of "limit or condemn over 0 million addicted mokers to t smokers to the same old quit or die. this is about public health, it's about reducing youth usage, it's about addressing the health risks of tobacco. yet every professional that's wrote on this said, what we're getting ready to do in the united states senate is the

Richard Burr

1:45:53 to 1:46:13( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: worst it's going to make the problem worse. health care, not lower it. it's going toock into choosing cigarettes versus smokeless products or other nicotine products that might get them off of cigarettes as an addiction.

Richard Burr

1:46:14 to 1:46:34( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: in addition to not advancing the public health, i firmly believe this bill will overburden the f.d.a. and doom the f.d.a. at its core mission of safety and efficacy of drugs and devices and by logic

Richard Burr

1:46:35 to 1:46:56( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: food safety. again, mr. president, i plan to visit the floor a lot, as some of my colleagues will as well, over the next several days as we have an opportunity to talk about this bill?l. but also to offer amendments on this bill. you know, the f.d.a. grew out of a single chemist in the u.s.

Richard Burr

1:46:57 to 1:47:17( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: department of agriculture in 1862 to a sprawling of nearly comprising chemists, farm colingses, physicians, microbiologists, veterinarians, pharmacists, lawyers and many others. and let me assure you, they are some of the most talented people we have in this country.

Richard Burr

1:47:18 to 1:47:38( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: the most dedicated professional professionals, to make sure, that this core -- the most dedicated professionals to make sure that this core mission is met every day. the worst mistake that we can do is to give them something that doesn't fit in the mission of f.d.a. because i don't care how you try, you just christianity

Richard Burr

1:47:39 to 1:47:59( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: prove that tobacco is safe and effective. -- can't prove that tobacco is safe and effective. it just can't happen. if the effort is to get more merpz to me the choice of -- americans to make the choice of giving up the habit, then don't create a system that doesn't allow new?x products that sweden and other countries have experienced reduce the amount of

Richard Burr

1:48:00 to 1:48:20( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: usage. and certainly don't fall prey to the fact that if we pass this legislatio reduce drastically the use of tobacco products. as a matter of fact, as c.d.c. proved, doing nothing reduces the use of more than if we pass the kennedy

Richard Burr

1:48:21 to 1:48:42( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: bill c.b.o. estimate for the kennedy bill. s.d.i. estimate if nothing. if the effort is to get it right, one would suggest we're doing it wrong. if effort is to make sure that we address public health to reduce the prevalence of youth,

Richard Burr

1:48:43 to 1:49:03( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: t to limit the choice of adults, why in the world would you give it to a agency that jeopardizes their core mission but proscribes to the agency an impossible task of bringing new, reduced-risk products to the marketplace? where would you create a new

Richard Burr

1:49:04 to 1:49:24( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: regulatory body where you grandfathered every product that currently contributes to death and disease and say, products are created that reduce the risks, that reduce the harm, we're going to make it unbelievably difficult for you to be able to market those products.

Richard Burr

1:49:25 to 1:49:46( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: i don't think that's what the term "only in to portray. the insanity of what this institution is getting ready to do. the american people, they must think we're crazy by now. if they don't today, they will by the time this bill passes. again, mr. president, i'll be at the floor -- on the floor

Richard Burr

1:49:47 to 1:50:08( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: frequently between now and then. i'm committed to not only point out the difficulties and challenges of the legislation that serves as the base bill but committed early on substitute bill that brings every bit as much regulatory oversight and responsibility to

Richard Burr

1:50:09 to 1:50:29( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: the tobacco industry but will allow new, less harmful products to come to market, that wil allow adults, people of legal age to choose to use those products if they choose to and especially to use them if they're trying to reduce their dependency on smoking. that's the way you reduce the risk of death and disease.

Richard Burr

1:50:30 to 1:50:51( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: you reduce the cost of health care in this country. it's not necessarily by allowing the f.d.a. to have jurisdiction. if i was wrong, mr. president, i wouldn't point at these states that had underfunded the

Richard Burr

1:50:52 to 1:51:12( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: commitment needed to successfully do cessation programs that were paid by the tobacco industry and in most cases find that the prevalence of marijuana use among youth is higher than the prevalence of tobacco use. marijuana's illegal. tobacco does have limitation.

Richard Burr

1:51:13 to 1:51:34( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: our belief that we can just wave a magic wand, give it to agency and that youth numbers are going to go down -- well, we might be lucky enough to get them to go down. probably not more than they're naturally going down. i wish we the prevalence of marijuana us use -- an illegal drug -- is higher among america's youth than tobacco is.

Richard Burr

1:51:35 to 1:51:57( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: i think the country would be better served if that were the debate we were having on the senate floor and not a debate about how we jeordize the safety and efficacy of drugs and devices, cosmetics and food safety in the futur mr. president, i yield t floor. i su quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk

Richard Burr

1:51:58 to 1:52:03( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: will call the roll.

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