Senate to Mark Up Bankruptcy
Bill on Thursday
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to mark up bankruptcy legislation on Thursday. The bill (S. 256), introduced by Finance Chairman Charles Grassley (R–Iowa), is similar to bankruptcy legislation that passed the House during the last Congress. A number of amendments are expected, meaning that more than one markup session will be needed. The Senate is in recess during the week of Feb. 21, pushing the timeframe into at least March. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R–Tenn.) has said he hopes to move it to the floor as soon as possible. A companion bill (H.R.
685) was introduced in the House last week.
House to Vote on Senate-passed
The House vote on the class-action measure is expected tomorrow or Thursday, CongressDaily reported. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R–Texas) and Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R–Wis.) promised expedited passage of the Senate compromise bill “without alteration” if senators refrained from amending it during last week’s debate. The Senate approved the measure last week. The bill would move many class-action lawsuits from state courts to federal courts, where more stringent rules would govern the cases. It is identical to a compromise that had the support of more than 60 senators last year, but stalled after GOP and Democratic leaders clashed over unrelated amendments.
GOP Working to Strike
Balance on Asbestos Legislation
Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R–Pa.) is reviewing GOP concerns
that could doom his flagging asbestos proposal, CongressDaily reported.
Sen. John Cornyn (R–Texas), a Judiciary Committee member who is the
GOP point person on asbestos legislation, said today he is reaching out to
Democrats and Republicans, meeting with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D–Calif.),
while also working with Republicans to fashion a bill. Cornyn and Feinstein
are discussing concerns from the right and left with Specter’s draft.
Republicans have been critical of elements of the asbestos proposal, including
provisions that would allow some cases to continue in court. Despite the
GOP concerns, Democrats have yet to embrace Specter’s bill, either.
Lobbyists and staffers watching the bill say Specter is struggling to find
the right balance needed to appease all sides.
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A paper on “Ancillary
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at the ABI’s Canadian–American Symposium on Cross-border Insolvency
Law in Toronto is available online.
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