WASHINGTON — Two powerful senators are trying to quickly patch an $84 million foul-up that is preventing many downwind cancer victims of atomic testing from receiving government compensation.
Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, also seek to avoid repeating such foul-ups in the future by making funding for the compensation automatic and taking it out of annual appropriations fights.
"It's not fair for the government to promise compensation to downwinders when there is no money. This situation is completely unacceptable," Hatch said Thursday as he and Domenici introduced bills to fix the problem.