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March 02, 2004


WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today released the following statement after legislation aimed at decreasing frivolous lawsuits brought against the U.S. firearms industry was heavily amended and failed to pass the Senate today with a 8-90 vote. "Sadly, in the end I was unable to support this legislation due to the addition of amendments that corrupted the spirit of the original bill," Inhofe said. "Initially this bill was intended to protect an American industry from unfair lawsuits brought on them at a crippling expense. However due to these amendments, the character of the bill was altered considerably as it progressed through the chamber. "With the gutting of this bill the trial lawyers have once again shown their strength within the Democratic party. "I commend my colleagues for their hard work on the Senate floor today, especially Sen. Larry Craig for his leadership on this bill; and I look forward to addressing this important issue and winning this battle in the future."

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