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Bush’s renewed fight for “tort reform” will likely be ignored in Democratic Congress

Even after the recent election analysis demonstrated that the American public does not support the so-called “tort reform” agenda, President Bush has renewed his call for nationwide tort reform; however, federal legislation is unlikely to pass while Democrats hold the majority in Congress. His speeches nationwide have added lines about “frivolous lawsuits” and he asked Congress in his State of the Union address to pass legislation limiting noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases. According to the Chicago Tribune, federal efforts to limit medical malpractice lawsuit damages over the past two years have not received much support. The Chicago Tribune states that Bush is also trying to shape the debate for the 2008 presidential election in his renewed fight for “tort reform.”

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