Inside EPA: Asbestos Ban Bill Gains First GOP Cosponsor But Prospects Uncertain

Inside EPA Washington, DC

Anti-asbestos groups have convinced a House Republican to co-sponsor their bill seeking to ban the carcinogen from use in the United States, the first time a GOP lawmaker has backed the legislation, though the Senate version remains without a GOP co-sponsor and Congress is unlikely to act on the legislation anytime soon amid the looming government shutdown. Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) signed on as a co-sponsor to H.R. 2402 on Sept. 26, according to the official congressional tracking website The bill, and its Senate companion, seeks to ban the use of commercial asbestos in the United States. For full text, email