White House weighs stance on cigarette trafficking bill
President Barack Obama is weighing his position on the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act, a White House spokesperson said.

The bill prohibits the U.S. Postal Service from delivering cigarettes and certain tobacco product, effectively kill the Indian tobacco industry. Tribes say it was developed without their input and without full hearings into the impact on their rights.

The Senate passed its version of the bill last week. There are some differences that have to be addressed with the one that the House passed last year.

“The White House continues to examine the PACT Act and is working with the Department of Justice to consider the bill’s impact while Congress resolves the differences between the House and Senate bills," White House spokesperson Shin Inouye told Indian Country Today.

Tribes were trying to have the Senate Indian Affairs Committee hold a hearing on the issue. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman, worked "informally" to address tribal issues, an unnamed spokesperson said.

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