Republicans close on US asbestos fund-Sen. Specter


By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) - The main author of a plan to compensate asbestos victims from a $140 billion fund said on Thursday he was close to getting Republican backing in the Senate Judiciary Committee for the legislation. "We are seeking to get a consensus bill. ... We are very close on the Republican side," Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Arlen Specter told the Judiciary Committee, which he chairs. Adding that he was talking to Democrats, Specter asked panel ...

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