Congress proposes giveaways to auto, trucking industries


Congress is ignoring changes sought by safety advocates and proposing giveaways to the auto and trucking industries despite record auto recalls and rising highway deaths.

The Obama administration and safety advocates say some of the proposals could make matters worse.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee holds a hearing Wednesday on a Republican-drafted auto safety bill.

Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety administration, says a provision in the bill would effectively give automakers control over the disclosure and timing of recalls.

Another provision requires that a majority of officials charged with developing cybersecurity and technology standards come from industry.

Another bill being considered by the House transportation committee would force the government to remove truck and bus company safety ratings from a public website.