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"We applaud Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), John Breaux (D-LA) and Jim Jeffords (I-VT) for their focus on the issue of prescription drugs, but, after carefully reviewing legislative language, we believe it fails to meet the needs of seniors. In many important aspects, the proposal being prepared mirrors the poorly conceived legislation passed by the House last month. At least part of the proposal would rely on private, for-profit insurance carriers to define the prescription drug benefit available.



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Statement by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

- On the Split Vote by the President's Bioethics Council

on Nuclear Transplantation Stem Cell Research -

July 11, 2002

"The President's Council on Bioethics issued a report today that rightly condemns human reproductive cloning. Significantly, the President's hand-picked Council did not support efforts by the President and others - including a bill by Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) - to ban critically important stem cell research that offers such hope to millions of Americans with incurable diseases.



On Cloning

Thursday, July 11, 2002

WASHINGTON - As author of the Human Cloning Prohibition Act (S. 1899), U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback released the following statement today reacting to the President's Council on Bioethics recommendation on cloning.

The President's Council on Bioethics has recommended that President Bush support a permanent ban on what many refer to as human reproductive cloning, and a moratorium on what is sometimes known as research, or so-called "therapeutic" cloning.



Trade News Release

Contact: Bill Wright

Phone: (202) 693-1999

New National Emphasis Program (NEP) on specific hazards in nursing and personal care facilities

WASHINGTON - OSHA today announced a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) to focus outreach efforts and inspections on specific hazards in nursing and personal care facilities with high injury and illness rates.



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News Release

U.S. Department of Labor

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Office of Public Affairs

Washington, D.C.

For Immediate Release

Friday, July 12, 2002

Contact: Frank Meilinger

Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA TO WITHDRAW DIRECT FINAL RULE FOR SIGNS, SIGNALS, AND BARRICADES



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The following charts were distributed and discussed by Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) during a June 11 Senate Finance Committee meeting on a Medicare prescription drug benefit, according to an informed source. Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) Chart Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Chart



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