Senate GOP splits on tobacco bill

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With Senate debate on tobacco legislation due to open Monday, Sen. John Ashcroft (R., Mo.), a leading Senate conservative, ripped the tobacco control bill sponsored by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman (and fellow Republican) John McCain (R., Ariz.) as a "tax grab" and promised to fight it with every means possible. He did not rule out a filibuster. Separately, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) said the McCain bill raises constitutional issues that would tie up tobacco regulation for years and called for major changes in the bill.

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