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August 1, 2014

Reid Backs GM Recall Hearings

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wants to wait for hearings before opining on whether there should be more repercussions for General Motors or the 15 people who were fired Thursday in connection with the delayed GM recall that led to at least 13 deaths.

“I don’t know,” the Nevada Democrat said. “Let’s have some hearings” to find out what happened.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., chairwoman of the Commerce Subcommittee son Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance said she intends to hold a hearing later this summer.

“I’m going to reserve judgment until I can take a closer look at the report — which I expect to find comprehensive and thorough — and I’m looking forward to getting a full briefing,” McCaskill said. “I won’t be letting GM leadership, or federal regulators, escape accountability for these tragedies.”

GM released a report on an investigation on the company’s handling of faulty ignition switches, which led to the deaths.

“Some were removed for what we considered misconduct or incompetence,” said GM CEO Mary Barra, at a news conference Thursday. “Other have been relieved because they simply didn’t do enough.”

Barra added that five others have been disciplined.

  • admin

    Harry … whoever gives you the bigger PAC donations , you’ll vote that way

  • Raj Err

    If we are to choose our own way, rather than having it dictated to us, our rewards must result from using our talents and abilities wisely.

  • left wing

    senile harry forgot that the “success” of government motors is directly attributable to him and the POS in the wh

  • Leland Stanford

    What difference does a recall make. The people are already dead. This is the implication of Ried’s logic on Benghazi and on Bergdhal.

    In fact, you don’t trade war criminals, be they Himmler or Taliban for afoot soldier. And that is the flaw in what Obama did.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES ARE A DISGRACE TO THIS COUNTRY. THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO PUT THEIR PARTY’S POLITICAL AGENDA ABOVE THE NEEDS OF THOSE IN DIRE NEED IN OUR COUNTRY. FOR SEVERAL MONTHS THEY HAVE PLAYED POLITICAL GAMES WITH EACH OTHER, WITH THE UNEMPLOYED AS THE TRUE LOSERS. THEY HAVE SHOWN A TOTAL LACK OF COMPASSION AND COMMON DECENCY TOWARDS THESE FAMILIES WITHOUT AN EXTENSION OF BENEFITS SINCE LAST DECEMBER. THEY HAVE USED THE PLIGHT OF THESE FAMILIES AS A BARGAINING CHIP FOR POLITICAL LEVERAGE. THEY DON’T CARE THAT THESE MILLIONS OF FAMILIES SUFFERED FINANCIAL RUIN, AND MANY LOSS THEIR HOMES, WAITING FOR THE SENATE TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND FINALLY PASS THE EXTENSION BILL. NONE OF THESE POLITICIANS SHOULD BE IN OFFICE. THEY ARE UNWORTHY OF THE JOB

  • Lister Eane

    Those of the liberty school understand that voluntary associations of free men are capable of far more than detached central planners.

  • Mike Crichton

    As we move up the biological scale, individual differences between creatures of the same species become more and more apparent until the most individuality is exhibited by humans, at the top of the scale.

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