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Now that Sen. Arlen Specter’s terrible idea of an Asbestos Trust Fund appears dead in the Senate, House conservatives are mobilizing to pass a real solution to the asbestos litigation crisis. There is bipartisan consensus that Congress needs to act soon; runaway lawsuits have already bankrupted 75 companies and destroyed more than 60,000 American jobs.
A window now exists for the House to move the right solution to the asbestos litigation crisis: a medical criteria bill to let the courts more fairly manage their asbestos caseloads. Reps. Chris Cannon, Mike Pence, and Jeff Flake have introduced a commonsense medical criteria solution, H.R. 1957, a bill which Congress should move to pass as soon as possible.