Monday, November 12, 2012

Ozone Alert! Congress comes back, and one of its first votes tomorrow... (read on, friends)

…is not to deal with the “fiscal cliff,” but to vote on a special, sweetheart piece of legislation to help out a former member of Congress.

The legislation. H.R. 6190 (dubbed the “Asthma Inhalers Relief Act of 2012”)  would bring the banned inhaler Primatene Mist back on the market.

Primatene Mist was banned at the end of 2011 because it contains CFCs which destroy the earth’s upper ozone layer. 

We were reminded yesterday in the New York Times by former OMB Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein that agreeing to phase out CFCs was one of President Ronald Reagan’s great environmental achievements .

 The irony here is that an ozone-destroying chemical may come back on the market courtesy a former Democratic Congressman-turned lobbyist – Bart Stupak.  One of Stupak’s clients is Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Primatene Mist   Amphastar and its Armstrong Pharmaceuticals has engaged in a lobbying campaign to bring back the banned inhalers, more than a million of which are sitting in a warehouse in California.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee – Stupak was long a member of that panel, and like chairman Fred Upton, hails from Michigan -- approved the special-interest legislation September 14.  It is listed as the first order of business tomorrow on the House weekly schedule.  See below. 

This whole dirty deal looks like nothing but a payback to a former Congressional pal.  Health advocates are rightly outraged because there are non-CFC alternatives available.


On Tuesday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 6190 - Asthma Inhalers Relief Act of 2012 (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess / Energy and Commerce Committee)


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