Bennet: Progress made on pharmaceutical-drug track-and-trace bill

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) said Wednesday that progress is being made on a pharmaceutical drug distribution-security bill.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee released a draft bill Wednesday, part of a continued discussion to establish a uniform, national traceability system to secure the pharmaceutical supply chain.


McConnell stands by Mourdock

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stood by Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock Wednesday, a day after his comment that a pregnancy from rape is “something that God intended.”

The Courier-Journal reported that McConnell said Mourdock was just expressing his view that life begins at conception and that partisans are implying he meant something else.


Alexander to introduce bill to modernize American waterways, ports

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced Wednesday that he and a bipartisan group of senators would introduce a bill to modernize America’s ports, locks and dams when the Senate returns after the November election.

The American Waterworks Act would try to address shortfalls in U.S. port and waterway infrastructure, in preparation for the 2014 completion of the expansion of the Panama Canal, which will provide the United States with more trade opportunities.

Blumenthal demands stronger regulation of energy drinks

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) praised the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision Tuesday to investigate an energy drink linked to five deaths.

Monster Energy Drink has been connected to one non-fatal heart attack, in addition to the five deaths. Blumenthal said more regulation is needed on popular energy drinks, which are commonly consumed by children.


McCaskill calls for Army investigation into contractor rules violations

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) called for the U.S. Army to investigate reports of misconduct by a police-training contractor in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

In a letter McCaskill sent Army Secretary John McHugh on Tuesday, she pointed to reports of a bar brawl, loud parties, drug and alcohol abuse and fraud, among the allegations against Jorge Scientific Corp. in Afghanistan, as well as uniformed and civilian Army officials.

“Given the importance of the police training mission in Afghanistan, swift and aggressive action to ensure that these allegations are fully investigated and the contractor and U.S. personnel involved are held accountable is imperative,” McCaskill wrote.


Brown touts bill forcing federal agencies to buy American

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) promoted his bill Monday that would require federal agencies to buy textile and clothes made only in the United States.

“We know how to make things in America, and the textile sector employs more than half a million workers in the United States — which is why the federal government should be purchasing, whenever possible, apparel that is domestically produced,” Brown said in a statement Monday. “With our widening trade deficit, we should be doing everything we can to support American manufacturing and job creation.”


Sen. Paul to Obama: 'Where the hell were the Marines?' in Libya

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told New Hampshire voters Monday to ask President Obama why Marines weren’t protecting the U.S. Consulate in Libya when Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed last month.

“Where the hell were the Marines? In Libya, where were the Marines? There were no uniformed Marines guarding our ambassador? Where do you think the most dangerous embassy in the world is? It’s got to be Libya or Iraq,” Paul said at an event in New Hampshire on Monday.


Risch bashes Obama administration for leaks on potential retaliation for Libya attack

Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) criticized the Obama administration Monday over security leaks he said were perpetrated by administration officials regarding U.S. affairs in the Middle East.

Risch, along with Republican Sens. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Richard Burr (N.C.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.), sent the administration a letter asking for information about the disclosure of classified information involving potential retaliation for the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, who was killed with three other Americans in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.