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But Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, pressed Mr. Stickler on whether he would be willing to push the agency, which has been criticized as lax in enforcing its own regulations, to play a tougher role. "Are you going to move forward in an aggressive direction," Ms. Murray asked, "or are we going to hear more of the voluntary philosophy of they will do the right thing if we just sit back and let them?"

- The New York Times - February 1, 2006