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Fact of the Week

Fact of the Week

House Majority Leader Dick Armey inserted several amendments into the House version of the Homeland Security bill shortly before the bill passed the House by a wide margin last week. Included in these amendments was a provision that would protect Eli Lilly from lawsuits against its production of thimerosal, a mercuric preservative used in childhood vaccines. A growing number of lawsuits allege a tie between thimerosal and neurological damage in young children.

The most recent data from the Center for Responsive Politics show that Eli Lilly gave more money to Republican congressional candidates—some $1.26 million—than any other pharmaceutical firm.

Sources: Newsday, 16 November 2002;
Indianapolis Star, 16 November 2002;
Center for Responsive Politics.

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