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 Bruce VitterPlanned Parenthood targets judicial nominee over abortion comments Trump nominates wife of ex-Louisiana senator to be federal judge Where is due process in all the sexual harassment allegations? 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 BrownTrump VA pick faces challenge to convince senators he’s ready for job Overnight Finance: Senate repeals auto-lending guidance, shattering precedent with vote | House passes IRS reform bills | Senate GOP fears tax cut sequel Dem Senator open to bid from the left in 2020 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.).