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Taxpayer Group Lauds Senators for Shelving Asbestos "Reform" Bill, Saving Americans from Huge Liabilities
For Immediate Release February 15, 2006
(Alexandria, VA) - Yesterday's vote in the Senate that blocked further consideration of the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution (FAIR) Act has earned praise from the 350,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU). In response to the vote, NTU Policy Analyst Jeff Dircksen, who authored a study of the FAIR Act, made the following statement:
"The Senate's vote to sustain a budget point of order against the FAIR Act may have spared the nation's taxpayers from catastrophic liabilities in the near future. The close decision shows just how vital a difference fiscally-conservative Senators made in tipping the balance against this ill-advised legislation. Without their courage, Americans would now be facing the prospect of a bad bill becoming a whole lot worse as it moves through the legislative process.
NTU is a non-partisan citizen group founded in 1969 to work for lower taxes, smaller government, and more economic freedom at all levels. Note: Dircksen's study, Gordian Knot: How the Senate's Asbestos "Reform" Bill Entangles Taxpayers, is available at www.ntu.org.