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Bush administration urges Senate not to alter class action bill

[JURIST] The White House has warned senators to pass a class action bill without changes as they began debate on the bill. S. 5 [bill summary], which would transfer most interstate class actions to federal courts, also enjoys broad support in the House, which promised to pass the legislation and send it to President Bush if the Senate made no changes. In a statement Monday, the White House called for the "swift passage" of the bill in its current form. However, a proposed amendment by NM Sen. Jeff Bingaman [official website] that would lessen impact on consumer lawsuits has gained momentum during Senate debate. Watch a live webcast of the Senate debate today via C-SPAN 2. Reuters has more.

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