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Walden & Shimkus Set the Record Straight on Asbestos Bill


Washington, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) and Environment and Climate Change Republican Leader John Shimkus (R-IL) released the following statement.

“It’s a real shame that House Democrats are more concerned with the opinion of the trial bar than getting meaningful results for the American people. Let us be clear: if the Majority would have stuck to the agreement we cut in committee and abandoned the language they dropped into H.R. 1603 last Friday, the bill would pass the House. Republicans have kept their word every step of the way and have not gone back on our agreement. Saying we walked away is simply untrue. All Democrats have to do is drop the language added to the bill by trial lawyers and bring the bill to the floor that every one of their members voted for when it was considered by our committee. If anyone’s intentions should be questioned, we can assure you it’s not ours,” said Walden and Shimkus.

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