UPDATE 1-Hatch files US asbestos bill, plans June hearing

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(Updates with bill introduced, quotes from Hatch) By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) - A senior Republican senator introduced legislation on Thursday to set up a $108 billion fund to pay asbestos injury claims, and said he would 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 ...

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