Hatch to file US asbestos bill, sees June hearing


By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) - A senior Republican senator said he would introduce a bill on Thursday to set up a $108 billion fund to pay asbestos injury claims, and call a committee hearing on it early next month. The degree of support for the measure by Utah Republican Orrin Hatch was unclear. It was strongly criticized this week by organized labor, whose backing is essential to getting enough Democrat votes in the closely divided Senate. AFL-CIO General Counsel ...

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