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The Daily Countable: 📥 Congress is back...and 💩 the FDA's after your Imodium?

by Countable | Updated on 4.9.18

The weekend is dead, folks. Long live the Monday.

It's never easy returning to work after a vacation. Especially if you're Congress. Especially if you're this Congress. But they're back after a two week spring recess with votes on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution and several bills dealing with financial regulations on the agenda. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will also be popping by for a few hearings. Want the full scoop? Click over to This Week In Congress and our Committee Watch.

On the Radar

In the latest escalation of the trade dispute between Beijing and Washington, President Trump instructed his U.S. Trade Representative to consider an additional $100 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods. Asked about the tit-for-tat taxes, and their affect on the economy, Trump admitted: "I’m not saying there won’t be a little pain." Are you feeling ‘a little pain’ in the trade standoff? Click here to let us - and your lawmakers - know.

Under the Radar

The FDA is cracking down on the anti-diarrheal drug Imodium following reports that some opioid addicts use it as a substitute for methadone. At extremely high doses, loperamide – the active ingredient in Imodium – can produce a high or ease withdrawal symptoms. Now, those who take the over-the-counter drug on a regular basis are finding price increases of over 553 percent. Read more here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • In the morning, the president held a Cabinet meeting.
  • The president receives a briefing from Senior Military Leadership in the evening, followed by a dinner with them.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Tuesday, April 10th.

The Senate: In

  • Taking a procedural vote on the nomination of Claria Boom to be U.S. DIstrict Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.

But Wait! There's More!

And, in the End…

Congress is back, but we've never left. We've continued delivering them your thoughts and comments, and look forward to helping you Take Action on their latest bills and shenanigans. Democracy doesn't take two-week recesses. Thanks for joining us these past two weeks and let us know what you'd like to see us cover in the next two.

—Josh Herman

Talk to Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook via email, andrea [at] countable.us, or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.

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  • BeStrong
    04/09/2018
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    Well today our congress initiated ‘bible study’. A constitutional foundation is the separation of church and STATE. Religious states become zealot states. Ask Iran Iraq SA Syria Pakistan Palestine Afghanistan, Israel and most defunct states from history. We are NOT a religious state by mandate. This 💩 is too damn much.

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  • Azrael
    04/09/2018
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    My employees have much more important things to do than take away an an otc drug that’s been effective and on the market for years People crush up lots of things and snort People huff cleaning products Stop abusing the many for the few

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  • BeStrong
    04/09/2018
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    The Imodium solution is tantamount to this body yelling squirrel. This is a non-solution to an epidemic. Do ‘they’ think that we are that stupid?

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  • Cynthia
    04/09/2018
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    Imodium? Really? There will always be a few who figure out a way to abuse any substance. Should we regulate food because of the obesity problem? Honestly. Leave the rest of us who use OTC drugs responsibly alone. It’s hard enough to buy a decongestant. Anti diarrhea drug. Really?

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  • Suzy
    04/09/2018
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    Who’s pocket are these increases going to? Come on you can get high on so many other things. Kerosene, charcoal lighter fluid,cleaning products, and paint. Are you going to raise the price on all of them? There are more people who benefit from these than abuse them. Let’s screw the poor some more.

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  • Bc
    04/09/2018
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    FDA after my Imodium! THAT’S SOME SHIT! 😡

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  • ohpainterswife
    04/10/2018
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    Once again people who abuse drugs & anything they can get their hands on to get high or help with withdrawal affects everyone else. So the answer is to increase the cost of Imodium by over 500% ???? Why are everyday consumers having to pay the price again?

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  • Dave
    04/09/2018
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    Trump is a piece of work, with every breath he lies and the GOP backs him? What does it take to put trump in jail, bag impeachment.

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  • David
    04/10/2018
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    Dear ‘BE STRONG’, can you show me in the Constitution where it says there is a ‘separation of Church and State’? No, you cannot because it doesn’t say that. It says that ‘congress shall make no laws respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof’. The Church is responsible to influence the Gov’t! This is whats wrong, the Church needs to get back involved in its influence on our Gov’t and Culture!

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  • Dave
    04/09/2018
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    How is the republicans govern of Florida Rick Scott doing sense he did not wanting to talk to the shooting victim that show up at Florida’s capital. Now He wants to run for senator and most likely represent the NRA and rubber stamp cut to SS, Medicare, Obamacare, food stamp and the safety nets. If the state vote to do that, don’t expect it to get better for you. They rap themselves in religion and hose the middle class and the poor in the name of GOD!

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  • Andrew
    04/09/2018
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    IF IMMODIUM IS NOT AN OPIATE, LEAVE ITS PRICE ALONE!!!!

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  • Terry
    04/10/2018
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    Fire Kimmel for his hypocrisy on being tolerant. Fire Mueller and his associates on there personal vendetta against Trump.

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  • L0u15e.N032L
    04/09/2018
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    First, why do we pay them for two weeks. Take the time, no pay. They hardly work. They need to spend more time in the"office". What work do they do? Are they really living up to their 3rd Branch of Government? No, they only talk to moneyed constituents and wealthy and lobbyists. So start to work for me and the rest of us Americans. Now.

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  • JayinNC
    04/10/2018
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    Congress needs to be impeaching trump

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  • Brainwurks
    04/10/2018
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    So, heroin users want to use an otc to stave off an addiction and avoid an OD. Is there something I’m missing?

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  • Scotty
    04/10/2018
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    Get off your asses and protect Bob Mueller‘s investigation!!!

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  • Caren
    04/09/2018
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    Looks like the addicted druggies are ruining things for everyone to manage their addiction. Shame they are unable to deal with life. So once the FDA ups the price of Imodium we will just have to pay more if we need it. Perhaps the President, congress, and the FDA will find another viable option. This is just another sad shame.

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  • Nicole
    04/17/2018
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    Cut the $&@€£¥ out! I agree with everyone who pointed out that most people who purchase OTC or prescription drugs do so responsibly. We cannot continue to penalize everyone for the misdeeds of a few. The insurance industry does that, and it needs to stop.

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