Saturday, January 08, 2005

A Capitol Hill Mystery: Who Aided Drug Maker?

The humanitarian side of Senator Bill Frist has always been obvious to the most casual observer. His desire to capture the devastation in the background when taking his recent photo op in South Asia is only surpassed by his willingness to create devastation in the lives of families with autistic children (compliments of mercury in vaccinations).

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 — Lobbyists for Eli Lilly & Company, the
pharmaceutical giant, did not have much luck when they made the rounds on
Capitol Hill earlier this year, seeking protection from lawsuits over a
preservative in vaccines. Senator Bill Frist, Republican of Tennessee, tucked a
provision into a bill that went nowhere. When lawmakers rebuffed a request to
slip language into domestic security legislation, a Lilly spokesman said, the
company gave up.
Now, in a Washington whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie, the
provision has been resurrected and become law, as part of the domestic security
legislation signed on Monday by President Bush. Yet in a city where politicians
have perfected the art of claiming credit for deeds large and small, not a
single member of Congress — or the Bush administration — will admit to being the
author of the Lilly rider. (READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE)

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