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October 22, 2003 9:48 PM
The asbestos company bailout takes my breath away

 For 42 years I worked with asbestos on Navy ships and in factories. 

Now I’m dying of cancer. The asbestos companies knew their product was deadly. It’s there in black and white. That’s why the jury awardedmy family a settlement. ow Congress may pass a law that would bail out these companies by throwing my settlement out the window. I’d have to stand in line and wait for compensation from agiant new federal bureaucracy, which won’t have enough to pay me in the first place.

That could take eight years or more, which is time I don’t have. I’ve already lost a lung. I can’t even carry the groceries anymore. I know I’m going to die soon.

This isn’t justice. This isn’t fair. It’s nothing but a bailout for the big asbestos companies like Halliburton and Honeywell. Please, Congress, don’t rob my family of financial security in order to save billions for those giant corporations. Don’t add insult to injury.

Martin Mullis, 59, husband, father, grandfather and Navy veteran, and his wife Lynn.

Call your Senators at (202) 224-3121.
Tell them to vote no on the asbestos bailout bill, S. 1125.

See http://www.atla.org/private/AsbestosAd.pdf 

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