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John Thune

Will Congress roll over on auto safety? Major changes attached to Senate highway bill in limbo

WASHINGTON Congress' ability to make broad auto safety policy changes in the 114th Congress could largely depend on whether both chambers can agree to a long-term highway bill. That's historically been the place for sweeping changes to federal auto safety regulations, but partisan disagreement has so far left a considerable amount of legislation in limbo. Following revelations this year and last that major auto companies including General Motors, Honda and Fiat Chrysler failed to properly report and fix auto defects, many in the House and Senate are eager to pass legislation to strengthen defect laws and give federal safety regulators more funding. Some of those provisions are...