Thursday, June 30, 1977
Saccharin ban bill
vetoed in Senate
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
WASHIINGTbN (P) - The Senate voted yesterday to kill a
lOse-passed measure that would prohibit any government ban
of saccharin use for 15 months.
Bit the Senate is expected to act later this summer on a bill
to impose an even longer suspension of the proposed saccharin
han than the 15 months the House had voted.
THlE SENATE action came on the $14 billion money bill for
the Agriculture Department, Food and Drug .Administration and
other agencies. The measure eventually passed on a voice vote.
Proposals by Sens. John Tower, (R-Tex.), and William Scott,
(Il-Va.), to adopt the 15 month delay approved by the House were
withdrawn after lengthy arguments and promises by Sens. Ed-
ward Kennedy, (D-Mass.), and Gaylord Nelson, (D-Wis.), to tie
up the measure with debate for at least two days.
The money bill now goes back to the House-Senate confer-
ence to resolve the saccharin ban prohibition and dozens of other
KENNEDY CHAIRS the Senate health subcommittee which is
working on his proposal to delay the FDA's proposed saccharig
ba for 18 months, pending further studies.
Kennedy's bill would allow the FDA to take tainted batches of
saccharin off the market during the delay period and allow the
agency to require warning labels on the product.
The House language would not have allowed those protections.
Kennedy said he had polled his subcommittee and that they
approved his proposal.
THE FULL Human Resources Committee will take it up after
the Fourth of July recess, with a full floor debate scheduled be-
fore August, he said.
The FDA proposed the ban on saccharin use, except as a non-
prescription drug, on March 9 in the wake of Canadian studies
showing the artificial sweetener caused cancerous tumors in
When new Canadian studies this month showed links between
bladder cancer and saccharin in men who regularly consumed
saccharin products, the FDA announced it was delaying final ac-
tion on its proposal for two months to evaluate those studies.
Nazi march called off
O ti t+
CHICAGO (R) - Lawyers for
an American Nazi group said
yesterday the group probably
will call off its Fourth of July
march through Skokie, a pre-
dominantly Jewish Chicago sub-
After a court hearing, Nazi
leader Frank Collin said he
and his stormtroopers would
march through Skokie only if it
"We won't break any laws,"
said Collin, son of a German
Jew who survived a Nazi death
Collin's statement was con-
Irory to what he said Tuesday,
swhen he said the march "is still
definitely on - even if I have
to break the law."
DAVID HAMLIN of the Amer-
ican Civil Liberties Union,
which has represented the
Nazis, said Collin's decision
not to break the law means
there are only two chances the
march will occur July 4: "Slim
Collin's group is prohibited
from marching by an injunc-
tion handed down by a Circuit
Court and by three Skokie or-
The U. S. Supreme Court has
ordered the Illinois Appellate
Court to review the injunction,
but arguments on that issue are
not scheduled until July 8.
Furthermore, Collin and his
attorneys have not challenged
the three Skokie ordinances
which also would have the ef-
fect of banning the march.
Shoplifting is stealing and don't thou forget it.
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