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Mar 30, 2014

Delphi told panel GM approved ignition switches below specifications

WASHINGTON/DETROIT, March 30 (Reuters) – General Motors Co
approved ignition switches for cars that have been linked
to 13 deaths, even though the parts did not appear to meet the
company’s specifications, officials of Delphi Automotive
told U.S. congressional investigators.

In a memo released on Sunday by the House of Representatives
Energy and Commerce Committee, documents provided by GM and a
federal regulator provided “unsettling” information, according
to Republican Representative Tim Murphy, who leads a
subcommittee of the panel.

Mar 28, 2014

GM recall process will be under Congressional microscope

DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra faces Congress next week she will have to explain how the top brass at the biggest U.S. automaker can say they knew nothing for more than a decade about a faulty ignition switch linked to crashes and at least 12 deaths.

For lawmakers trying to find out who to blame for the lack of responsiveness by GM and its regulator to the tragedies, and in particular the multi-year delay in recalling potentially dangerous vehicles off the roads, it may turn out to be a frustrating couple of days.

Mar 25, 2014

Ex-GM officials could be called to testify in U.S. Congress probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers are considering calling on former General Motors Co executives and employees from parts supplier Delphi Automotive to testify as they cast a wide net in their probe of GM’s recall of 1.6 million vehicles with potentially lethal ignition-switch problems.

“We’re not ruling anything out,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton told Reuters when asked if his committee would elicit testimony from former GM officials, including ex-CEOs, and Delphi officials who may have been directly involved in reviewing the problem that first arose in 2001.

Mar 24, 2014

U.S. senator demands compensation fund for recalled GM cars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pressure built on General Motors on Monday to take steps to get 1.6 million of its recalled cars off the road immediately and to establish a compensation fund for consumers affected by the company’s faulty ignition switches linked to 12 deaths.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, who characterized some GM vehicles as “lethally defective,” asked the Department of Justice to force GM to set up the fund.

Mar 21, 2014

Insight – Rough road ahead for GM as U.S. Congress plots safety probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. congressional investigation into General Motors Co automobile defects will bring aggressive scrutiny to a company with powerful lobbying clout and strong ties on Capitol Hill.

GM’s recall of 1.6 million vehicles, due to an ignition-switch problem linked to 12 fatalities, has put the Detroit automaker in Congress’ cross hairs, with potentially dramatic hearings kicking off in April.

Mar 21, 2014

Rough road ahead for GM as U.S. Congress plots safety probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. congressional investigation into General Motors Co automobile defects will bring aggressive scrutiny to a company with powerful lobbying clout and strong ties on Capitol Hill.

GM’s recall of 1.6 million vehicles, due to an ignition-switch problem linked to 12 fatalities, has put the Detroit automaker in Congress’ cross hairs, with potentially dramatic hearings kicking off in April.

Mar 20, 2014

U.S. Senate leader orders probe of alleged CIA computer hacking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The leader of the U.S. Senate on Thursday ordered an investigation into what he called an “indefensible” breach of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s computers by the CIA.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said accusations that the Central Intelligence Agency spied on the panel’s computers as it investigated the use of harsh interrogation techniques raised concerns about possible violations of the Constitution.

Mar 20, 2014

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Reid backs Feinstein over CIA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid issued a strong defense on Thursday of Senator Dianne Feinstein, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a dispute in which the committee and the CIA each allege they were spied upon by the other.

Reid, in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, called the Central Intelligence Agency’s search of the Senate panel’s computer network a “serious breach” and “indefensible.”

Mar 18, 2014

Insight: Another Bush run for the White House? Jeb may be up for it

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – By all appearances, former Florida governor Jeb Bush is a man on a mission.

His itinerary for the next several weeks includes stops in Tennessee, New Mexico and Nevada to appear with Republican candidates in this fall’s elections or help them raise money for their campaigns.

Mar 13, 2014

U.S. transportation chief pledges hard look at GM recall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Thursday promised an “aggressive investigation” into whether General Motors was slow to report to the federal government problems with ignition switches in its autos, which have led to 12 deaths.

“The questions we are asking are whether there was a timeliness issue with GM’s bringing to our attention the issues regarding this ignition switch,” Foxx told a Senate panel.

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