This page contains information about the asbestos legislation currently being proposed in the Senate.
Let History Be a Lesson - an Asbestos Trust Fund Won't Work
By Ethan Early - January 06, 2006
A look at four federal compensation programs designed to compensate individuals injured due to exposure to harmful substances as they relate to the proposed Asbestos Trust Fund.
U.S. Asbestos Fund Would Quickly go Broke -- Study
A $140 billion asbestos compensation fund being considered in the U.S. Senate would be swamped by more than double that amount in claims and go broke within three years, according to a study released on Monday...
Reuters - September 19, 2005
Senate's Daschle Says Still Time for Asbestos Deal
There is still time for Congress to pass legislation on asbestos reform this year, the Senate Democratic leader said on Tuesday, striking an upbeat note on an effort that appeared to have stalled last month.
Reuters, Susan Crowell, June 15, 2004
Asbestos legislation Falls Apart in the Senate
Once-promising legislation to compensate asbestos victims while shielding companies from crippling jury awards collapsed yesterday in the Senate amid charges of election-year gamesmanship. The $124 billion bill, which was written by Senate Republicans with comment from the asbestos and insurance industries, fell far short of the 60 votes needed to end the debate. The vote was 50-47.
Charles Pope, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 23, 2004
Proposed Asbestos Fund Divides Victims
For much of the past month, Washington television and radio airwaves have been filled with advertisements featuring the images or voices of victims of asbestos-related illnesses.
Washington Post, Albert B. Crenshaw, April 20, 2004
Two Doctors see Asbestos Legislation in very Different Lights
Bret Williams isn't used to being on the business end of a stethoscope. The 52-year-old doctor's place was on the other side, listening to the heartbeats of the rural North Carolinians who were once his patients. Not any more, not since he learned last year that he has a crippling disease himself: malignant mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure from childhood, summer jobs and home repairs.
The Associated Press, April 19, 2004
Asbestos Death Toll: 10,000 Americans a Year - and Rising
Asbestos deaths in the United States have skyrocketed since the late 1960s and will probably keep on climbing through the next decade because of long-ago exposure to the material, once widely used for insulation and fireproofing, the government said Thursday.
EWG Action Fund, Public Affairs Dept., March 4, 2004
Stopping asbestos is job for Congress, Administration
The slow-motion disaster of asbestos that originated in Libby, Mont., may be spreading across the country. Tens of millions of homes, schools and businesses may contain insulation heavily contaminated by the cancer-causing material. It isn't a cause for panic, but it deserves attention.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Editorial Board, January 15, 2003
Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act
Actual draft of Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2004
108th Congress, 2nd Session