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Washington–Senate Republican leadership is signaling it still holds out hope that asbestos legislation creating a trust fund to pay claims can be enacted in this Congress.

In a statement late Friday, Senate Majority Leader William Frist, R-Tenn., said: “To fix the asbestos crisis without additional delay, I have told sponsors of the bill that 60 members must signify their commitment to support both the motion to waive the pending Budget Act point of order and end any filibuster of the bill.

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