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In an unexpected move, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., pulled off a parliamentary maneuver last week so he can make another run at passing legislation to create a trust fund for workers injured by asbestos.

Sen. Specter managed to insert an arcane provision into the Senate version of the annual budget resolution that bars opponents of the asbestos measure from seeking a budget point of order on the bill. The budget point of order was a parliamentary hurdle that allowed opponents to stop further action on the bill last year.

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