The bill was the tenth legislative proposal to limit the liability of asbestos companies to be defeated sine 1977.
The Democrats opposed the bill on several grounds:
Election-year politics was a big influence on the Republicanâ€™s decision to force a vote that they were certain to lose. "The Republicans want to be able to go to the voters and accuse us of obstructionism, even though they know their proposal is grossly unfair to victims of asbestos exposure," said one Democratic congressional staffer who asked not to be named.
After the Senate bill failed, some proponents of a legislative program to take asbestos liability damage suits out of the normal court system indicated that they would try again, with a proposal that might win more support. An informal group of businesses, insurers and labor organizations has begun to meet to attempt to reach agreement on a new measure to propose to Congress.