More Waxman Amendment News

June 14, 2010
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The “Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act” is now in conference committee, the conferees have been named, and meetings have begun. We still have an opportunity to make sure the Waxman amendment threatening supplements doesn’t end up in the final version of the bill—if we act quickly.

On June 9, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named ten members of the House Financial Services Committee to the conference committee: Frank (D-Massachusetts); Kanjorski (D-Pennsylvania); Waters (D California); Maloney (D-New York), Gutierrez (D-Illinois); Watt (D-North Carolina); Meeks (D-New York); Moore (D-Kansas); Kilroy (D-Ohio) and Peters (D-Michigan); Bachus (R-Alabama); Barton (R-Texas); Graves (R-Missouri); Issa (D-California); Lucas (R- Oklahoma); Smith (R-Texas); Royce (R-California); Biggert (R-Illinois); Capito (R-West Virginia); Hensarling (R-Texas) and Garrett (R-New Jersey).

The House members will now join the Senate conferees: Dodd (D-Connecticut); Shelby (R-Alabama); Johnson (D-South Dakota); Reed (D-Rhode Island); Schumer (D-New York); Corker (R-Tennessee); Crapo (R-Idaho); and Gregg (R-New Hampshire). Also appointed as negotiators are Senators Lincoln (D-Arkansas); Chambliss (R-Georgia); Leahy (D-Vermont); and Harkin (D-Iowa).

The first conference meeting was last Thursday. Estimates are that the bill might make it out of committee before the July 4 recess, your action now is critical.

However long the conferees take, now is the time make sure the conference committee removes the FTC powers expansion language currently in the House version of the bill.

We need to make sure that Waxman’s amendment threatening supplements, which was accepted in the House’s version of the bill but never came up in the Senate because of the pressure YOU placed on them, doesn’t get put back into the final, reconciled version of the bill that goes back to both chambers for final passage. This could be a devastating piece of legislation for anyone who uses dietary supplements.

If you have not already done so, please TAKE ACTION immediately! We’ve made so much progress—we can’t let this final opportunity slip through our fingers.

59 Responses to “More Waxman Amendment News”

  1. dajad terlemezian says:

    I JUST LEFT A COMMENT ABOUT MONSANTOE’S USE OF ARSENIC USED TO GROW ALFAFA MORE ABUNDENT & GROW BIGGER TO FEED TO ANIMALS SO THEY BIGGER ! T A L K A B O U T T E R R O I S T S —————————- W A X X X M A N DOESN’ T CARE ABOUT HUMANS HEALTH !!!!!!!!!!! HE CARE’S ABOUT MONEY & P O W E R !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111111 111111 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY DID MA’CAIN TRY TO STOP DEADLY VITAMINS & & & & & & & & DEADLY MINERALS FOR !! DID YOU HEAR THE SO CALLED NON- DEADLY PHARMACUTICAL COS. WHO ARE IN ”KAHOUTS” WITH THE NON=CARING ” F D A ” ‘ P A I D MCAINIACK !!!!!!!!!!! I FORGOT HOW MANY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO STOP LIFE GIVING NUTRIENTS FROM BEING ALLOWED TO SAVE LIFES !!!!!! I STARTED WITH DR. FRAULO IN 1967 IN THE EARLY – EARLY STAGES OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE !!!!!!! IF MY VITAMINS ARE STOPPED YOU MIGHT AS WELL PUT ME IN ” A E L E C T R I C —– C H A I R ” EXCUSE ME WHILE I EAT MY ORGANIIC FOOD ” [email protected]

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  2. Sandy says:

    Instead of the Waxman amendment (or the McCain bill), We the People need a law which legally establishes the moral FACT that a doctor is committing a crime each time s/he prescribes a drug with known harmful effects to someone for whose condition there exist other treatments and/or therapies which do not have harmful effects. It’s as if a school crossing guard tells the children to cross the street when s/he knows there is a large vehicle approaching at high speed. The guard is trained in basic traffic safety situations, and is responsible for the safety of children as they cross the street. The guard is aware that a large, rapidly-moving vehicle presents a hazard to the children. Perhaps the vehicle manages to stop in time. Perhaps one or more child(ren) is injured. The crossing guard has committed a crime by sending the children into harm’s way, failing in his/her duty to safely shepherd the children across the street.

    Every time a doctor prescribes an NSAID like Tylenol, well-documented to cause severe liver damage and sometimes death, that doctor is breaking a moral law. Feverfew and other herbs, and some therapies like acupressure, can cure pain without the risk of permanent and potentially fatal liver damage. Instead of passing laws limiting people’s access to herbs, supplements and treatments which can restore and maintain health, the USA needs a law which recognizes the criminality of knowingly prescribing a harmful substance at harmful dosages when there are alternatives which are safe or at least less harmful. This needs to be separated out from malpractice law, which ends up being a money game among insurance companies. It needs to be recognized and legislated as the criminal act it truly is.

    Think of the long-term sea-change this simple and needed law would bring: If a doctor can go to jail for prescribing the latest poisonous mutation-generating “wonder drug”, he or she will educate him- or herself about safer alternatives, and prescribe them. Doctors who prefer to ignore, scorn and shame patients who present information about less-harmful alternatives to statins, NSAID, psychotropic drugs and other poisons, would be setting themselves up for a vacation in prison.

    This would turn the tables on the drug companies, because doctors would begin demanding more than just FDA rubber-stamp approvals, bought and paid for with profits from dying people. Doctors would choose to begin treatment with the safest known alternatives rather than the newest patented drugs for which doctors receive generous kick-backs (bribes) when they prescribe said drugs. Such a law would be the game-changer needed to turn the tables on the harmaceutical cartel. (No, it’s not a typo – I left off the P in pharmaceutical deliberately. The resulting term is more accurate.)

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  3. Karen says:

    I demand the freedom to make my own health choices. Americans are not the stupid, lazy couch potatoes these arrogant fools want us to be. I don’t know if he’s up for re-election, but the wisest thing the people of California can do is DUMP WAXMAN the next chance they get. He is no friend of the American consumer.

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  4. Donald Ross says:

    I have been using supplements for nearly 30 years, I will be 70 next month and take absolutely no prescription drugs whatsoever, I just do not need them, because I take control of my own health instead of listening to the Drug Lords in big Pharma, who send out sales reps. to EDUCATE Doctors, since when was a salesman qualified to educate a Doctor? or are the Doctors just so ignorant as to believe all the hype that they are given.
    We must preserve our right to have the supplements that we want and which do work to help our bodies without the dreaded side effects of Prescription Drugs.
    What in the world Makes Henry Waxman think that we are all so ignorant as to do his bidding, just because he is so ignorant about the real world, or is he so wrapped up in the Drug Lords Pockets??
    It is a know fact that the medical community as a whole kill over 200,000 of us each year and no one says a word about it, and prescription drugs are a huge part of that Number, but one person ignorantly misuses a supplement along with whatever combination and the whole world is up in arms against the supplement industry. Give me a break
    I trust the members of the committee will not all be as stupid as Waxman.

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  5. Marlene MacCorkle says:

    When drugs that the FDA gives the OK to cause more emergancy room visits than the illegal ones, it proves to me they don’t have the brains to make my health choices for me! They use consultants that have financial ties to big pharma, they are not capable of being unbias. They have a disinsentive to find cures for diseases and let that knowledge be passed to the general public, yet now you want to give them the power to take away our choices. You can go to the internet and find studies on what works for what disease, and in the next sentence will come the line to the effect, that gives us a place to start looking NOVEL thing that does the very same thing that some natural compound already does. We don’t need more regulation, we need a freer flow of information, for instance that limonene would be good for you if you have breast cancer, that if you have MS, you probably shouldn’t eat peanutbutter or take fish oil, but if you have Parkinson’s you should. My guess is that one of those very consultants knows why, but won’t tell, and I KNOW A NAME! And if this man doesn’t know why, he isn’t smart enough to be a paid consultant, especially with my tax dollars. I he is smart enough, then he is one unethical scum of the earth. Fact is, if he didn’t figure out Parkinson’s, he should have. I have!
    [email protected]

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  6. I am a retire school teacher and watched food supplements save my family members lives from
    lifethreatening diseases……..and school children need food suplement for their own brain health and protection from unnourishing school lunches or fast foods for families on the run.

    I want to perserve my life style and freedom of choice without any regulations from any governing body……we need far less governmnet intervention in our lives.

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  7. Jo Quile says:

    I have been on food supplements for 30 years. I am intelligent enough to decide what is best for my body and I will not be forced to take prescription drugs (because you have taken my life force away) that destroy other parts of my being while under the guise of healing one ailment. That is not a fair tradeoff for me.

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  8. I was given up for dead and because of food supplements and organic foods to detoxiby my body, I did not die of Cancer…..if you take away food supplement or even try to regulate them people and children with Cancer will die…..the medical profession is going in the wrong direction.

    Henry Waxman needs to kicked out for anymore opportunities to ruin the country. Shame on him.

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