Senate passes drug reimportation amendment

Supporters of drug reimportation notched a win yesterday when the Senate passed a bill that would prohibit federal funds from being used to confiscate prescription drugs from Canada.

The measure passed 68-32, with no opposition from Democrats.

Introduced as an amendment to the homeland-security appropriations bill by Louisiana Sen. David VitterDavid VitterYou're fired! Why it's time to ditch the Fed's community banker seat Overnight Energy: Trump set to propose sharp cuts to EPA, energy spending Former La. official tapped as lead offshore drilling regulator MORE (R), the provision would block U.S. Customs and Border Patrol funds for confiscating Canadian prescription drugs for individual use.

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who is in a tight reelection race, voted against the Vitter bill, saying it is dangerous to let Canadian drugs into the United States when it is uncertain where they originated.

Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), facing a close race this fall against Rep. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownOvernight Finance: House passes spending bill with border wall funds | Ryan drops border tax idea | Russia sanctions bill goes to Trump's desk | Dems grill bank regulator picks Dems grill Trump bank regulator nominees Senate Dems launch talkathon ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote MORE (D-Ohio), also voted against the measure, as did another Democratic target, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).

Other politically vulnerable GOP senators voted for the amendment, including Sens. Lincoln Chafee (R.I.), Jim Talent (Mo.) and Conrad Burns (Mont.).