Cigarette trafficking bill sent to White House for review
The House passed the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act on Wednesday, sending the bill to President Barack Obama for his review.

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

Only five Democrats in the House voted against the bill. They included Rep. Dan Boren (D-South Dakota), Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Washington) and Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-South Dakota), all of whom have strong records on Indian issues.

Twenty Republicans voted against the bill. They included Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) and Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming), who have defended tribal rights, and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-California), a newcomer to Congress who supported tribes as a state lawmaker in California.

Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Michigan) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), the co-chairs of the Congressional Native American Caucus, voted in favor of the bill.

The Senate did not take a roll call when it approved the bill last week. The House passed the Senate's version yesterday.

Obama hasn't said whether or not he will sign the bill.

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Cigarette mail ban in Obama's hands (The Buffalo News 3/18)
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Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act.
H.R.1676 | S.1147

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