By Sam Baker and Elise Viebeck - 04/15/13 10:39 PM EDT
The Arkansas Times has more from Monday's vote.
Gene patents on thin ice: The Supreme Court on Monday appeared likely to strike down patents on human genes, according to SCOTUSBlog.
Menthol under fire: The American Lung Association and other health groups are asking federal regulators to ban menthol in cigarettes. Congress exempted menthol when it banned other flavored cigarettes in 2009, as part of a wide-ranging tobacco bill. The menthol exemption never sat well with the bill's opponents, and now some of the groups that supported it are also calling for a crackdown on the mint flavoring.
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Meningitis hearing: Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee took a few opening shots at the Food and Drug Administration on Monday, ahead of an oversight hearing with FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg about the agency's response to last year's meningitis outbreak.
The FDA had received a "litany" of complaints about the companies that made the steroid drugs linked to the outbreak, Republicans said, and did not share those complaints with state regulators. Fifty-three people have died so far from contaminated steroid injections.
Healthwatch has details on the documents Energy and Commerce Republicans have uncovered. The panel's oversight subcommittee will start its hearing with Hamburg at 10 a.m.
The National Food Policy Conference will continue at the Capital Hilton. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) will deliver a speech.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will discuss President Obama's 2014 budget in the House and Senate Budget Committees.
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