Voting 164 for and 245 against, the House on June 11 defeated a Republican motion to strip HR 1886 of its conditions on military aid to Pakistan. Those benchmarks link the aid to Pakistan's progress in areas such as turning back the Taliban offensive and securing its nuclear arsenal. The bill places no benchmarks on its $6 billion in nonmilitary aid.
A yes vote backed the GOP motion.
Voting 79 for and 17 against, the Senate on June 11 passed a bill (HR 1256) to begin federal regulation of tobacco products. Under the bill (HR 1256), the Food and Drug Administration would regulate cigarette ingredients; require public disclosure of those ingredients; restrain cigarette marketing to children; require health warnings to cover at least half of each side of a cigarette package; and require manufacturers to verify health claims. The bill would pre-empt state tobacco laws, require compliance by tribal governments and pay for itself with new fees on tobacco manufacturers and importers.