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Specter-Leahy bill (temporarily?) dead

In response to a procedural budgetary point of order by Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), the Senate vote to override it was only 58-41, short of the three-fifths majority needed to continue debate on the asbestos trust fund bill. Thus, there were early reports that the bill is dead.

Or is it? The vote was originally 59-40, but, at the last minute, Senator Frist changed his yes vote to no; only a negative vote can move to reconsider. The 100th senator, Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), was absent to tend to his sick wife, but Senator Specter says that Inouye would have been a yes vote. Specter and Leahy say the bill is not dead. (Shailagh Murray, "Senate Foes Block Proposed Trust Fund For Asbestos Victims", Washington Post, Feb. 15).



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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