Congressional Oversight Panel

  • President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt

    Politics is hardball, as every election season shows us. And getting very, very large and powerful auto companies to do something they really don't want to do is very, very hard. Even, that is, if you have a few useful levers, in the form of independent California regulators supported by a Supreme Court decision and the Government-funded bailout of two of the three U.S. automakers. So as Detroit News Washington correspondent David Shepardson recounts in a pair of articles published Friday, the Obama Administration had to play hardball to get automakers to agree to support corporate average...

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    House Republicans Ask Automakers Which Regulations To Kill

    The U.S. Congress began its 111th session this week, and the new Republican majority in the House clearly wants to change the regulatory tenor of the U.S. government. Automakers and their trade groups were among more than 150 entities who have already received a letter from Representative Darrell...

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