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  • Ralph Nader Hosts Breaking Through Power Conference
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    Breaking Through Power Conference, Morning Session

    Author, former independent presidential candidate, and consumer advocate Ralph Nader hosted the Breaking Through Power conference. Speakers during the morning portion of the conference…

  • Hearing on Road and Vehicle Safety
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    Vehicle and Road Safety

    Automotive industry executives, safety regulators, and consumer advocates testified at a hearing on improving vehicle and roadway safety. The subcommittee was considering a discussion draft…

  • Hearing on Truck and Highway Safety
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    Trucks and Public Safety

    Regulators, safety advocates, and industry representatives testified on ways to improve freight truck safety on U.S. roads. Anne Ferro, the outgoing administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier…

  • Victims Families News Conference on GM Recall
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    News Conference on General Motors Ignition Switch Recall

    Family members of people who were killed in crashes caused by General Motors' cars with defective ignition switches held a news conference prior to a House investigative hearing on the…

  • Profile of Busboys and Poets with Andy Shallal
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    Profile of Busboys and Poets with Andy Shallal

    Book TV cameras have recorded numerous author events at Busboys and Poets; a “community gathering place” in Washington, DC founded in 2005. In this program we take a look behind the scenes during…

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Oversight
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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Oversight

    David Strickland testified on he National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator (NHTSA) handling of Toyota car recalls. The subcommittee also heard from car industry and safety association…

  • Improving Car Safety
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    Improving Car Safety

    Joan Claybrook talked about the ongoing Toyota recalls and whether problems with the vehicles were overlooked, and what can be done to prevent future massive automobile recalls. Ms. Claybrook…

  • Toyota Gas Pedals Safety Officials and Victims
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    Toyota Gas Pedals, Safety Officials and Victims

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on government response to a series of recalls for unintended acceleration and other defects. Transportation officials and…

  • Texting and Traffic Laws
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    Texting and Traffic Laws

    Panelists talked about the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety report on state-by-state ratings of traffic safety laws. For the first time, the group reviewed text messaging restrictions…

  • Energy Independence and Assistance to Automakers
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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 of…

  • Truck Driver Safety
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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 hours of service, in…

  • Whistleblower Protection Act
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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 decisions that have undercut the…

  • Vehicle Crash Tests
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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 moderated…

  • Lobbying and Ethics Reform
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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 craft…

  • Federal Pension Forfeiture Act
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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 retirement plans…

  • Lobbying Reform
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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…

  • Consumer Rights in Mandatory Arbitration
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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…

  • Congressional Ethics Reform
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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 procedures. House…

  • 2004 Campaign Finance Practices
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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 talked about how campaign finance laws…

  • Homeland Security Policy
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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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