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S.3 was one of the first bills introduced after the 109th Congress convened in January 2005. Main sponsors are Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Judd Gregg (R-NH), who attempted in the last Congress to pass legislation protecting drug companies from vaccine injury lawsuits in civil court and limiting the compensation vaccine victims could get under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.
The 1990s also saw many new vaccines added to the federally recommended list and, at the encouragement of federal health officials, more vaccine mandates and more strict enforcement of state vaccine laws. Religious, philosophical and conscientious belief exemptions to vaccination were increasingly being denied or taken away from children whose parents had filed them at school entry. Poor children were being denied government entitlement programs, such as free medical care, if proof they had received all government recommended vaccines was not demonstrated. Also, more children were being denied medical insurance by HMO's, which are subjected to a quality control rating system that counts high vaccination rates by HMO participants as a measure of quality.