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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.

Mar 12, 2014

GM urges drivers stick to sparse key ring even after recall repair

DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Wednesday that even after the vehicles in its ignition-switch recall are repaired, owners should avoid weighing down their key rings with anything more than the key and fob.

Also on Wednesday, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said a Senate subcommittee plans to hold a hearing in early April on GM’s recall last month of more than 1.6 million vehicles with the faulty ignition switches which have been linked to 12 deaths. Most of the affected cars were sold in the United States.

Mar 12, 2014

U.S. Senate confirms Wall Street critic as Treasury No. 2

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin to be the No. 2 official at the Treasury Department, backing a critic of Wall Street to help coordinate an overhaul of financial regulations.

The Senate approved the nomination by voice vote.

Raskin, who was a state banking supervisor before she joined the Fed, is expected to play a central role in the roll-out of regulations aimed at preventing a repeat of the 2007-09 financial crisis.

Mar 11, 2014

U.S. Congress probe of deadly defect in GM cars expands

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress’s investigation of a deadly defect in some General Motors cars widened on Tuesday, and a House committee ordered the automaker and a federal regulator to provide details on steps they took to get unsafe cars off the road.

In another development, federal prosecutors in New York are examining whether GM is criminally liable for failing to properly disclose the defect, according to a source familiar with that investigation.

Mar 5, 2014

U.S. House tax-writing chair questions committee term limits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Representative Dave Camp, who last week unveiled sweeping tax reform ideas, on Wednesday voiced discontent with Republican rules that would force him to give up his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee next year, but would not say whether he would seek an exemption to stay on.

House of Representatives Republicans, who control the chamber, limit their lawmakers to six years as chairman or senior minority party member of a committee.

Feb 28, 2014

U.S. House Republican unity tested on Obamacare alternative

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A month after Republicans rallied around offering an alternative to “Obamacare” in an election-year move to broaden their appeal to voters, divisions are surfacing over the issue in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The often-fractured Republicans, who hold a majority in the House, ended a retreat outside of Washington on January 31 delighted that they had settled on a positive agenda for 2014 that centered on replacing President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law, which has had a troubled rollout.

Feb 27, 2014

U.S. Senate Republicans block veterans’ health bill on budget worry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans blocked legislation on Thursday that would have expanded federal healthcare and education programs for veterans, saying the $24 billion bill would bust the budget.

Even though the legislation cleared a procedural vote on Tuesday by a 99-0 vote, the measure quickly got bogged down in partisan fighting.

Feb 25, 2014

U.S. lawmakers seek to revive stalled Iran sanctions bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. senators sought to revive a bill on Tuesday that would impose new sanctions on Iran despite President Barack Obama’s insistence that the measure would endanger delicate negotiations seeking to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.

Senator Mitch McConnell, the party’s leader in the Senate, told reporters Republicans wanted to include the sanctions package as an amendment to a bill expanding healthcare and education programs for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Feb 25, 2014

Veterans healthcare bill advances in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An expansion of healthcare and education programs for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cleared its first procedural hurdle on Tuesday, as Democrats in the U.S. Senate attempted to win passage of the legislation this week.

By a vote of 99-0, the Senate laid the groundwork for debating a bill that would create 27 new medical facilities in 18 states and Puerto Rico to help meet the growing needs of veterans of the long combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Feb 25, 2014

UAW chief says VW vote tainted by outside ‘threats’

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the United Automobile Workers said on Monday the union’s appeal of a failed organizing vote at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee will focus on the actions of outsiders, not VW — in a clear reference to remarks by Senator Bob Corker, an outspoken UAW critic.

Corker defended himself, saying he had the right as an elected official to speak out ahead last week’s vote, in which workers rejected the UAW’s bid to represent them.

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