Congressman Leonard Boswell says he’ll back any anti-meth bill in congress that preserves Iowa’s new law that placed restrictions on over-the-counter medications that are used to make meth. “Iowans…have led the effort…I’m very proud of that and, as you know, across the heartland there’s a lot of need and cry out for this,” Boswell says. Boswell, a Democrat from Des Moines, says meth is a “terrible” drug that’s a big threat. Boswell says there’s momentum in Iowa and across the nation to crack-down on meth-makers. Boswell says he’s encouraged a bill making its way through the U.S. Senate would not undo Iowa’s new restrictions on the sale of products with pseudoephedrine, a main ingredient for meth. In addition, Boswell says he’ll support any bill in the U.S. House that would achieve the same goals. Boswell held a news conference Tuesday afternoon (in downtown Des Moines) with uniformed cops and other state officials surrounding him to talk about meth. An Indiana Senator, Evan Bayh, was there, too. “If foreign terrorists had imposed the kind of damage on our society that methamphetamine has, there would be a tremendous hue and cry on the part of the public to do something about this,” Bayh says. “That’s the kind of urgency that is so desperately needed.” Bayh, a Democrat, is in Iowa laying the groundwork for a potential bid for the White House in 2008. He headlined a private fundraiser for Boswell yesterday (Tuesday).
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