Road Warrior: Safety advocates contend highway bill won’t cut it

Safety first!

Perhaps Congress could grasp what that accident-prevention slogan meant when it was coined during the golden age of railroading in 1873, a time when the federal government managed to scrape by on a $290 million budget. But this week, safety priorities seem open to question as House and Senate conferees attempt to patch together a transportation budget that would spend a few hundred times more each year than it took old Ulysses S. Grant to run the whole country back then.

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Senate Committee’s No Vote Incenses Lawmakers Seeking Auto Safety Reforms

WASHINGTON — The push to impose criminal penalties on auto executives who fail to disclose deadly automobile defects hit another roadblock last week when a Senate committee voted down such a proposal.

Lawmakers and safety advocates who were pushing to institute criminal penalties for such behavior expressed dismay as that and a series of other auto safety reforms — including barring used-car dealers from selling vehicles with unrepaired recalls — also failed to proceed.

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Key Bipartisan, Bicameral Auto Consumer Protection Legislation Introduced


June 10, 2015


Neal Patel/Michawn Rich (Heller) 202-224-6244

Giselle Barry (Markey) 202-224-2742

Tom Borck (Rokita) 202-225-5037 

Nicole L’Esperance (Blumenauer) 202-225-4811   

Key Bipartisan, Bicameral Auto Consumer Protection Legislation Introduced 

U.S. Senators Heller and Markey Team with U.S. Reps. Rokita and Blumenauer to Introduce Bill on Both Sides of Hill

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House panel won’t approve NHTSA defect budget boost

Washington — National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind on Tuesday sounded the alarm after a House panel approved a spending bill that doesn’t boost the agency’s budget to investigate auto safety defects.

Last week, a Republican-led House appropriations subcommittee approved a spending bill that doesn’t adopt the Obama administration’s request to triple NHTSA’s defect budget and double staffing. It essentially held the agency’s budget at the current level.

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Now, it’s NHTSA under fire

Lawmakers blast failures in GM crisis, want reform

WASHINGTON — In a rare display of consensus here, Republicans, Democrats and safety advocates are coming to the conclusion that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is in dire need of reform — even if they can’t convince the agency of that.

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