Monday, October 1, 2007

Increasing The Federal Cigarette Tax Is A Win-Win For Children's Health

Starting the week with some Very Good News!
House and Senate Approve Bill to Increase Federal Cigarette Tax

On September 27 and September 25 respectively, the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation (67-29 in the Senate and 265-159 in the House), that would increase the federal cigarette tax by 61 cents to $1.00 per pack, and increase the taxes on other tobacco products as well. The revenue from the increase would be used to fund an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as SCHIP, which provides health insurance for lower income children whose parents do not qualify for Medicaid.

the rest of the story, unfortunately, falls into the "what Are you Thinking???" news category
The bill now moves on to President Bush who has said he intends to veto the legislation.

Folks, let's all keep our eyes on the outcome of this one and be ready to jot it down in your notebook under the "Things To Remember At The Next Election" category.

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