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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Vehicle Airbag Safety

    The committee heard testimony on air bag safety systems for passenger vehicles. The bill S. 591, the Highway Fatality and Injury Reduction Act, which would require driver’s side…

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    Nader's Raiders 20th Anniversary

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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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    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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    Clinton Economic Conference

    Economists and business owners continued to discuss initiatives to improve the economy in a conference sponsored by the Clinton presidential transition in Robinson Convention Center in…

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    Air Bag Safety

    Committee members heard testimony from federal highway safety officials, automobile industry representatives and consumer advocates concerning ways to reduce the threat of air bags to…

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    Campaign Finance Reform

    Committee members heard testimony from legislators and several campaign experts concerning the latest Senate legislation to reform campaign finance regulations, S. 1219. They examined how…

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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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    General Motors Truck Settlement Part 1

    Last week the Clinton administration and the Department of Transportation announced that a lawsuit against General Motors would be dropped. In return, GM will spend $51 million on…

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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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    Nuclear Power Costs

    Joan Claybrook, president of Public Citizen, announced the release of a report by Public Citizen on nuclear energy. The report found that the nuclear energy is more expensive than…

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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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