Alexander Says Sick Nuclear Workers Need Compensation Now

Knoxville (AP) -- Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is pressing the Bush administration to fully fund a compensation program for sick nuclear weapons workers. He's also calling for Senate hearings on why claims have been delayed.

Alexander, Tennessee junior Senator Bob Corker and 14 other Senators signed the letter to the administration Monday.

The Senators call it "extremely troubling" that program offices have taken steps to cut back on claims processing and that the program faces a serious funding shortfall.

Alexander says Tennessee has more than 23,000 health claims from more than 9,000 individual workers, twice the number of any other state.

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