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Senate Proceeding 06-09-09 on Jun 9th, 2009 :: 0:33:40 to 0:45:10
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Richard Burr

0:33:31 to 0:33:52( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: north carolina. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from mr. burr: mr. unanimous consent to speak for up to an hour as if in morning business. objection, so ordered. mr. burr: i thank the president. mr. president, i came to the floor last week for north of 95

Richard Burr

0:33:40 to 0:45:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Richard Burr

0:33:53 to 0:34:14( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: hours an spoke about the bill that -- -- and spoke about the bill that will be disposed of as this week goes on. and specifically an amendment that though nongermane postcloture, the majority leader has agreed to hold a vote on it. to me this will be one of the most important votes members in

Richard Burr

0:34:15 to 0:34:36( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: this body cast this year. let me say this again. i believe this is one of the the united states senate will cast this year. now, let me try to say. why regulation of tobacco.

Richard Burr

0:34:37 to 0:34:57( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: and to start with members nd to be reminded that this is not an industry without regulat today. this is the current chart of federal regulation of the tobacco industry before we do anything. an department of treasury,

Richard Burr

0:34:58 to 0:35:18( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: department of commerce, the department of justice, the office of the president, the department of health and human services, the department of education, the department of labor, general services administration, the department of veterans' affairs, the federal trade commission, the department of agriculture, t environmental protection agency, the u.s. department of defense. one, no member can come

Richard Burr

0:35:19 to 0:35:40( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: floor and claim that this is not a regulated product. it sold in america today. but i think there is consensus, and i agree, that we can do regulatory oversight and jurisdiction that's currently structured within the federal government.

Richard Burr

0:35:41 to 0:36:02( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: because it's been together as the federal government has grown. piece of this pie and they wanted some jurisdiction. so what we're doing is throwing this regulatory structure away. and the proposal in the base bill, h.r. 1256

Richard Burr

0:36:03 to 0:36:23( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: this regulation of tobacco within the food and drug administration. now, for those that aren't familiar with the food and drug administration, let me just say the food and drug administration regulates 25 cents of every dollar of 25% of all of the products in the united states are regulated by this one agency. the f.d.a.'s core mission is

Richard Burr

0:36:24 to 0:36:44( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: this: they're responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, and security of human and veterinary drugs, products, medical devices, our nation's food supplies, cosmetics, and emit radiation. nowhere in there does it say

Richard Burr

0:36:45 to 0:37:05( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: tobacco, nor has it ever. as a matter of fact to lay person they would look at it and say: if there's an agency that's responsibility is to prove safety and god's sake, you couldn't give them tobacco because they could never prove tobacco is safe. it kills.

Richard Burr

0:37:06 to 0:37:27( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: there's no -- a round peg and put in a square hole. we're trying to find an agency that we think has punitive steps that they actually going much further than that. you see, not only is experience or expertise at the

Richard Burr

0:37:28 to 0:37:48( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: f.d.a. to regulate tobacco, they're not. we're goingo ask the f.d.a. to surge with their resource, with their personnel, with their expertise away from things like lifesaving drugs, effective medical devices, a responsibility to food safety at a time that americans have been killed because this agency

Richard Burr

0:37:49 to 0:38:09( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: couldn't effectively do their job. and we're going to ask them to surge to handle a new product that they've regulated. as a matter of fact, the last f.d.a. commissioner son said this and i quote -- "the

Richard Burr

0:38:10 to 0:38:33( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: provisions in this bill -- and i might say this was slightly over out as i talked last week for five hours on h.r. 1256, the authors of the bill didn't change the dates in the bill from the bill written two years ago. as a matter of fact, the section by section is the same bill that

Richard Burr

0:38:34 to 0:38:55( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: was written 10ears ago. so i think it's appropriate in they're going to use an effective date of february of 2007, that i use the comments of the f.d.a. commissioner at the time. and he said: the provisions in this bill were to require substantial resources in the f.d.a. -- and the f.d.a. may not be in a position to meet all of the activities within the proposed user fee levels.

Richard Burr

0:38:56 to 0:39:16( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: as a consequence of this, f.d.a. may he other programs, such as, addressing the safety of drugs, food, to begin program. this this is the former commissioner of the f.d.a. saying that we may

Richard Burr

0:39:17 to 0:39:37( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: have to divert funds from other programs, such drugs, food. you know, if the american people are given this choice, would say uphold the gold standardf the food and drug administration. let me go to bed at night as take that medication that my doctor prescribed and my feel confident that

Richard Burr

0:39:38 to 0:39:59( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: qualified reviewer looked at that alication, that they looked data, that they made a determination that this drug was safe and effective for me. make sure that when i go to the grocery storend i buy food in a global marketplace where those melons might have come from chile or that spinach might have

Richard Burr

0:40:00 to 0:40:20( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: come fromexico, that they have the best and the brightest well, they've already flunked that several times just in the last three years and we all dealt with the consequences of but think about what we're getting ready to do. we're getting ready to make it worse.

Richard Burr

0:40:21 to 0:40:41( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: we're getting ready to take an agency that has a seal of approval, a we're getting ready we want you to maintain that gold standard on drugs and food and biologics and medical devices, but we understand that you can't hold tobacco to the same threshold.

Richard Burr

0:40:42 to 0:41:02( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: we want you to ignore the fact that tobacco kills and we just want you to regulate as we prescribe it in legislation. now, how is that? how does 1256 prescribe this in regulation? let me turn it is called my continuum of risk.

Richard Burr

0:41:03 to 0:41:24( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: and it right, your left, mr. president, and it has nonfilterred cigarettes. and you rember those. nonfiltered cigarettes had a risk of 100%. if you smoked them, there 100% likelihood that you would have smoking them. then all of a sudden the

Richard Burr

0:41:25 to 0:41:46( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: industry came up with something called filtered cigettes. and filtered cigarettes reduced the risk by 10%. they reduced it from 100% to but when one's looking for a way a good one.

Richard Burr

0:41:47 to 0:42:08( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: what 1256 says is, ok we realize that the f.d.a.'s not the right agency, but we're going to place this in there anyway and we're going to tell the f.d.a., we want you to leave this we don't want you to 100% risk or 90% risk. we want to grandfather all of the prod

Richard Burr

0:42:09 to 0:42:29( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: products that were made before january way, that would include u.s. smokeless tobacco over here. grandfathering in and we're saying to the f.d.a., you can't change it. you can't regulate it. you can't regulate you

Richard Burr

0:42:30 to 0:42:50( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: and you can't regulate the small, but that one might look at the chart and sa here, tobacco heated cigarettes, swedish dissolvable, other products that have less risk.

Richard Burr

0:42:51 to 0:43:11( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: all of those products, february of 2007, those products weren't on the marketplace, they're bad. they're eliminated. so what are to do? we're asking the f grandfather three categories of products and let all choose to use a tobacco product

Richard Burr

0:43:12 to 0:43:33( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: choose from the most risky categories. and what are we saying to the 40 million americans that smoke today? if you're in in category of using cigarettes, we're not going to give to what you turn to as you realize that's the -- not the best thing for your health.

Richard Burr

0:43:34 to 0:43:54( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: we're going to lock you in and hope our health care costs goes down. any claim -- any h.r. 1256 reduces the cost of health care is only because we have grandfathered in spokers that they will die sooner. not that we have allowed them a

Richard Burr

0:43:55 to 0:44:15( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: pathway through this bill to ever experience not only products that are the marketplace that reduce risk from 100% to as little as 1%, but we eliminated any additional innovation in product in the future that would allow somebody

Richard Burr

0:44:16 to 0:44:37( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: to get from 100 actually be a healthier american. mr. president, i'm not to the -- i'm not on the floor today suggesting that regulation's not in it is in order. and at 4:20 today, members of the united states senate will

Richard Burr

0:44:38 to 0:45:00( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: have an opportunity to vote on a substitute amendment, a substitute amendment several changes from this current bill. one, it doesn't centralize the jurisdiction in it of health and human services a new agency called the harm

Richard Burr

0:45:01 to 0:45:12( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: reduction center. and its sole job is to regulate tobacco, and it regulates tobacco m

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