Mid-May Senate tobacco vote seen

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The U.S. Senate will vote the week of May 18 on tobacco-control legislation cleared by the Senate Commerce Committee, according to a group of senators sponsoring tobacco-control proposals. The senators said they have a commitment on the voting schedule from Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R., Miss.). Sen. Lott's office, however, would not confirm that schedule. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain (R., Ariz.) praised Sen. Lott and chastised the tobacco industry for what Sen. McCain said is a $100 million ad campaign against the legislation. While the senators said major differences remain over individual tobacco issues, including advertising, they predicted a bill would emerge that would get widespread Senate support.

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