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    Energy Independence and Assistance to Automakers

    A hearing was held on the implications for energy independence of proposed federal financial assistance to the domestic automobile industry. Among the topics addressed were the future…

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    Truck Driver Safety

    Witnesses testified about truck driver fatigue and truck safety. The focus was on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s interim final rule governing truck driver…

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    Whistleblower Protection Act

    As part of a conference on “Whistleblowers and Government Oversight,” the panelists discussed the need for protection for whistleblowers. Topics included the court…

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    Vehicle Crash Tests

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration held a public meeting to review new ways to conduct vehicle crash tests and to improve its New Car Assesment Program. Ms. Nason…

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    Lobbying and Ethics Reform

    Joan Claybrook talked about lobbying and ethics reform legislation. Her group has been working with the incoming speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and other members of the House and Senate to…

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    Federal Pension Forfeiture Act

    A hearing titled, “Restoring the Public Trust: A Review of the Federal Pension Forfeiture Act,” was held on denying federal officials convicted of felony crimes access to…

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    Lobbying Reform

    Representatives of seven government watchdog organizations outlined a proposal for a lobbying reform package that would address the failures that made the recent scandal involving lobbyist…

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    Consumer Rights in Mandatory Arbitration

    A coalition of consumer groups talked about their new education campaign in their fight to allow consumers to file lawsuits or join class action lawsuits against corporations instead of…

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    Congressional Ethics Reform

    A coalition of eight government ‘watchdog’ groups announced a campaign to urge members of the House of Representatives not to weaken ethics standards and long-standing…

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    2004 Campaign Finance Practices

    Panelists participated in a forum discussion of the politics of campaign finance laws. They addressed the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, as well as its predecessors. They…

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    Homeland Security Policy

    Participants spoke to reporters about the inadequacy of Bush administration homeland security measures including funding levels, port security, enforcing security standards, and the…

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    Sport Utility Vehicle Safety

    Witnesses testified about the safety of sports utility vehicles. Two areas of concern were the tendency of some SUVs to roll over and the damage to a passenger car when struck by an…

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    Corporate Responsibility

    Consumer advocates, including former Senator Metzenbaum (D-OH), testified about the misstatement of corporate earnings and other forms of fraud and the effects of this on stockholders and…

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    Campaign Finance Reform Legislation

    Members, activists, and others spoke to reporters about proposed campaign finance legislation due to be debated in the House of Representatives. They talked about the need for campaign…

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    Firestone Tire Recall

    Witnesses testified about the recent recall of 6.5 million Firestone tires. The tires were recalled following numerous lawsuits alleging that they were the cause of fatal…

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    Vigil Against Normalized Trade Relations with China

    Opponents to permanent trade relations with China spoke to reporters and others about their opposition to the legislation. Among the issues they discussed were human rights in China,…

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    Consumer, Industry, and Regulator Perspectives

    Participants talked about how governments control and regulate products found or suspected to be unsafe, and particularly unsafe for children. Among the issues they addressed were…

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    Truck Safety

    Administration officials and industry representatives testified about S. 1501, the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999. Topics included removing unsafe drivers or vehicles from…

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    Campaign Finance Reform

    After a White House event in which the president expressed his support for the McCain-Feingold bill, supporters talked briefly with reporters. They stressed the opportunity presented…

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    FDA Legislation

    Representatives of several groups briefed reporters on their opposition to legislation which would impact FDA procedures. A bill called the FDA Modernization Act calls for changing the…

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