Delay seen in Senate tobacco vote

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Chances for quick Senate action on tobacco legislation are not good, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R., Miss.) said today. At a news conference after the Senate returned from its Memorial Day recess, Sen. Lott said primary elections Tuesday in several states and Barry Goldwater's funeral on Wednesday could mean few votes this week. Starting soon, perhaps next week, the need to consider pending appropriations bills may delay tobacco legislation votes for several weeks, he added. Sen. Lott said an amendment the Senate is currently considering, to increase so-called "lookback penalties" on tobacco marketers that don't quickly cut underage consumption, could kill tobacco legislation.

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