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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Reid Removes Objection to Asbestos Bill

So, after all the sound and fury, Senator Reid blinks. Now the interesting question is why. Does he have the votes to defeat the bill straight up? Does he have enough to filibuster the bill after it gets to the floor? If not, all that money from the plaintiff's bar was really well spent.


  • Reid realized he can beat the bill without appearing obstructionist, and, as a result, there aren't enough senators who want to beat the bill and appear obstructionist to win this particular motion. The bill will go down either from the Gregg point of order, a poison-pill amendment, or a simple filibuster (rather than a motion to avoid debate). ATLA will get a return of tens of billions from its three-million dollar investment.

    By Blogger Ted, at 4:39 AM  

  • You're probably right. But how the bill goes down is important in determining the possibility of reform in the future.

    By Blogger Lead Counsel, at 3:59 PM  

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