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 VitterOvernight Energy: Trump set to propose sharp cuts to EPA, energy spending Former La. official tapped as lead offshore drilling regulator Former senator who crafted chemicals law to lobby for chemicals industry 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 BrownDems push for more action on power grid cybersecurity Senate Banking panel huddles with regulators on bank relief Overnight Regulation: Labor groups fear rollback of Obama worker protection rule | Trump regs czar advances in Senate | New FCC enforcement chief 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.).