U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa) joined two colleagues on April 4 in announcing plans to move to give the Food & Drug Administration broad authority to regulate tobacco and limit tobacco advertising and marketing. Reacting to a Supreme Court ruling two weeks ago saying the FDA didn't have authority over tobacco, Sen. Harkin joined Sens. Bob Graham (D., Fla.) and Lincoln Chafee (R., R.I.) in saying they would introduce legislation soon that will be the first bipartisan tobacco bill in the Senate. The senators said their bill would let the FDA restrict tobacco ads in magazines and bar all continuity programs, and they defended the constitutionality of those ad curbs. Sen. Harkin said he had talked to Democratic leadership about proceeding this year but admitted he had no indications that the Senate's Republican leadership would proceed with the measure in 2000.
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