U.S. Senate managers of the tobacco bill postponed a new vote on an amendment to bar tax deductions for advertising costs incurred by tobacco marketers that violate Food & Drug Administration tobacco ad rules. The Senate tentatively approved the amendment on a voice vote Monday night, subject to another vote on the issue today. In an earlier roll call vote Monday night, oppponents of the amendment, offered by Sen. Jack Reed (D., R.I.), failed to kill the measure on a tie vote. The FDA tobacco ad regulations are being challenged by the tobacco and ad industries in federal court.
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