US asbestos bill unlikely this year

The chances of the US Congress agreeing to establish a fund to compensate asbestos victims this year have diminished after the Senate majority leader left it off a list of priorities for the few days left in the legislative period.Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist offered to talk to the chamber's Democratic leader, Tom Daschle, on key remaining differences over asbestos legislation. In September, Daschle accepted Frist's proposal to cap the fund at $140bn but Frist complained Daschle's ide