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"We support your efforts to address climate change, but we are concerned that rolling back the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) obligation for refiners directly contradicts this work," the letter said. Under the RFS, refiners must blend biofuels into their fuel or buy credits, known as RINs, from those that do. Refiners can apply for exemptions to the obligations if they prove the mandates harm them financially. In the letter, the lawmakers asked the EPA instead to issue a proposed rule for renewable volume blending obligations for 2021 and 2022 with "strong blending targets." The RFS policy has pitted some oil refiners and corn groups against each other, as oil refiners find the mandates expensive, while farmers and biofuel producers say they help boost demand for corn-based ethanol.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Amy Klobuchar, Cheri Bustos, refiners, Geoff Cooper, Stephanie Kelly, Matthew Lewis Organizations: NEW, Democratic U.S, Environmental Protection Agency, Reuters, U.S . Senate, National Economic Council, Renewable Fuels Association, Thomson Locations: Windsor , Colorado, Delaware, U.S, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Cheri Bustos from Illinois, New York
Faith leaders and protesters attend a rally against the state's new voting restrictions outside the Georgia State Capitol, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File PhotoDemocrats and their allies are mounting a major effort to educate Georgia voters on sweeping new voting restrictions passed by the state’s Republican-led legislature ahead of next year’s crucial U.S. Senate and congressional races. Warnock and Abrams are wildly popular among Georgia’s Black voters, who account for a third of the state’s electorate. Georgia’s Black Christians, meanwhile, have shifted into battle mode. A draft of the plan, seen by Reuters, calls on each church to form a turnout committee to educate congregants about SB 202 and the importance of voting early.
Persons: Elijah Nouvelage, They're, Joe Biden's, John Jackson, rollbacks, Donald Trump, isn't, Joe Manchin, Brian Kemp, Biden, Kemp, , Brad Raffensperger, Raphael Warnock, Warnock, Georgia's, ” Warnock, Stacey Abrams, Abrams, Daniel Franklin, Franklin, , Shavonne Williams, Williams, Saira Draper, Draper, Georgia’s, Bishop Reginald Jackson, “ Brothers, ” Jackson, Jackson, Cobb, Jacquelyn Bettadapur, Eileen Lichtenfeld, Roberta Goldman, Miraca Jones, Jones Organizations: Georgia State Capitol, REUTERS, Republican, Senate, Volunteers, Democratic U.S, Senators, DeKalb County Democratic Committee, Democratic, Reuters, Democrats, U.S . House, Republicans, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Georgia’s, Georgia State University, Georgia U.S, Faith, Georgia Democratic Party, Black African Methodist Episcopal, Pastors, Cobb County Democratic, Democrat, Thomson Locations: Atlanta , Georgia, U.S, Georgia, DeKalb County, Black, Atlanta, West Virginia, Ebenezer, Macon , Georgia, Cobb County
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell also told the group his was open to their ideas, Republicans said. Schumer said work was still progressing on two tracks - one a bipartisan infrastructure bill and the other a measure that if brought to the floor, could pass with only Democratic votes through a maneuver called reconciliation that bypasses the rule requiring 60 votes for bills to advance. Biden and Schumer have talked about such a two-track approach“I was told verbally, stuff, I’ve asked for paper, I’ll look at it,” Schumer said. He and Democratic Senator Jon Tester also spoke of a provision that might raise revenue by having the Internal Revenue Service go after tax cheats. In the latest bipartisan discussions, Republican lawmakers said the group reached tentative conclusions on specific spending provisions that it would pay for without raising taxes.
Persons: Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, Evelyn Hockstein, Joe Biden's, Biden, Shelley Moore Capito, Schumer, I’ve, ” Schumer, Susan Collins, McConnell, , Joe Manchin, Mitt Romney, Jon Tester, Kate Bedingfield, White, , we’re, Chris Murphy, ” Murphy Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democratic U.S, U.S, Senate, Capitol, REUTERS, Republican, Republicans, Democrats, Reuters, Democrat, Democratic, Internal Revenue, White House, CNN Locations: Washington , U.S
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A bipartisan group of 10 U.S. senators said on Thursday it had reached agreement on a framework for a proposed infrastructure spending bill that would not include any tax increases. The senators said they were discussing their approach with their colleagues and the White House, and they were optimistic about getting broad support. “Our group ... has worked in good faith and reached a bipartisan agreement on a realistic, compromise framework to modernize our nation’s infrastructure and energy technologies,” the lawmakers said in a statement. Democratic U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier on Thursday he was open to a bipartisan infrastructure bill but wanted to see it in writing. Republicans say Biden’s infrastructure plan puts too much money into addressing climate change and building up some social programs.
Persons: Chuck Schumer, Jonathan Ernst, unspent, Joe Biden’s, Biden, Shelley Moore Capito, Mitch McConnell, Schumer, MCCONNELL, Joe Manchin, Jeanne Shaheen, Kyrsten Sinema, Jon Tester, Mark Warner, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Collins, McConnell, Romney, Tester, Kamala Harris Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, White, Democratic U.S, Democrat, Republican, Reuters, Internal Revenue Locations: Washington , U.S
U.S. SEC chief to review Trump-era proxy rules, may draft replacement
  + stars: | 2021-06-01 | by ( Katanga Johnson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
In August 2019, the SEC issued guidance requiring proxy voting firms take more steps to disclose how they craft their shareholder recommendations. The agency also outlined steps that the firms should consider to ensure they are actually voting the way investors designate. In July 2020, the agency finalized restrictions on proxy advisers by requiring them to show their voting recommendations to public companies at the same time or before sending them to clients. At the time, Democratic SEC Commissioner Allison Lee voted against the change on the basis that it added “complexity and cost” to the proxy voting system, while investor advocates said the rules infringed on proxy firms’ free speech. Consumer groups had widely expected Democrats to unpick here Trump-era changes on shareholder voting rights.
Persons: Gary Gensler, Jose Luis Magana WASHINGTON, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Allison Lee Organizations: Banking, Housing, Urban Affairs, Capitol, REUTERS, U.S . Securities, Exchange Commission, SEC, Democratic U.S, Democratic SEC, Senate Democrats Locations: U.S
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoU.S. lawmakers have opened an investigation into financial technology companies Kabbage Inc and BlueVine and their partner banks for their roles in distributing billions of dollars in pandemic aid to small businesses, according to letters seen by Reuters. Some fintechs and banks teamed up, with the fintech processing the loan applications and the bank handling the loan. Government data shows fintechs issued around $26.5 billion in PPP loans. According to the letters, Kabbage issued $7 billion worth of PPP loans between April and August of last year, making it the second-largest PPP lender by application volume. BlueVine is estimated to have issued over $4.5 billion in PPP loans, ranking it among the top 10 PPP lenders by application volume.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jonathan Ernst, BlueVine, Kabbage, James Clyburn, fintechs Organizations: White, REUTERS, Kabbage Inc, Reuters, U.S, Bank, Celtic Bank, American Express Co, Democratic U.S, U.S . Department, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about jobs and the economy at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. President Joe Biden plans to propose $6 trillion in U.S. federal spending for the 2022 fiscal year, rising to $8.2 trillion by 2031, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing documents it saw.
Persons: Joe Biden, Kevin Lamarque WASHINGTON Organizations: White, REUTERS, Democratic U.S, New York Times Locations: Washington , U.S
Biden to propose $6 trln U.S. budget for in 2022 fiscal year -NYT
  + stars: | 2021-05-27 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.70   time to read: 1 min
WASHINGTON, May 27 (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. President Joe Biden plans to propose $6 trillion in U.S. federal spending for the 2022 fiscal year, rising to $8.2 trillion by 2031, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing documents it saw. (Writing by Susan Heavey; editing by John Stonestreet)
Persons: Joe Biden, Susan Heavey, John Stonestreet Organizations: Democratic U.S, New York Times
US senators introduce nuclear power credit to help curb emissions
  + stars: | 2021-05-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.90   time to read: +2 min
Senator Ben Cardin introduced the amendment on the tax production credit with fellow Democrats, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Bob Casey. Nuclear reactors are virtually emissions-free, but have been struggling to compete with power generation fueled by natural gas, and wind and solar power. The tax credit could help utilities such as Exelon Corp (EXC.O) keep reactors open. Cardin's amendment provides a production tax credit of $15 per megawatt hour for existing nuclear plant owners or operators in states such as New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania with deregulated power markets. The credit would begin to phase down when greenhouse gas emissions fall by 50% below 2020 levels and ends entirely after 2030.
Persons: Sen, Ben Cardin, Erin Scot, Biden, Sheldon Whitehouse, Bob Casey, Cardin, Joe Manchin Organizations: U.S, Capitol, REUTERS Three Democratic U.S, Clean Energy, America, Senate Finance, Securities, White, Exelon, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, United States, Illinois, New York , Illinois, Pennsylvania
U.S. House Democrats offer resolution blocking $735 million Israel weapons sale
  + stars: | 2021-05-19 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Leah Millis/File PhotoDemocratic U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a resolution seeking to block a $735 million sale of precision-guided weapons to Israel, a symbolic response to conflict between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas group. Democratic President Joe Biden's administration approved the potential sale of $735 million in weapons to Israel earlier this year, and sent it to Congress for formal review on May 5, giving lawmakers 15 days to object under laws governing foreign weapons sales. The resolution is unlikely to progress further in the House, where the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi controls which legislation comes up for a vote. The chamber's leaders have expressed support for the sale, with No. Both Republicans and Democrats in Congress generally express strong support for Israel.
Persons: Joe Biden, Debbie Dingell, Rashida, Leah Millis, Gaza's, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Mark Pocan, Rashida Tlaib, Joe Biden's, Biden, Netanyahu, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer Organizations: U.S . Rep, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, REUTERS, Democratic U.S, Wednesday, Representatives, Democratic, Attack Munitions, Boeing Co, Republicans, Democrats, Israel, Washington, Thomson Locations: Detroit , Michigan, U.S, Israel, Gaza
U.S. lawmakers urge Facebook to drop Instagram for kids plan
  + stars: | 2021-05-18 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Instagram logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of Democratic U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday urged Facebook Inc to drop plans for a version of Instagram for children younger than 13, saying the social media company had failed to “make meaningful commitments to protecting kids online.”Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal and Representatives Kathy Castor and Lori Trahan said Facebook had not addressed their concerns. Facebook told the lawmakers in an April 26 letter made public Tuesday that it does not have a set timeline for the version, but expects development will “take many months.”
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Ed Markey, Richard Blumenthal, Kathy Castor, Lori Trahan, Organizations: REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Democratic U.S, Facebook Inc, Facebook
U.S. lawmakers urge Facebook to drop plans for Instagram for kids
  + stars: | 2021-05-18 | by ( David Shepardson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Instagram logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) -A group of Democratic U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday urged Facebook Inc to drop plans for a version of photo-sharing app Instagram for children younger than 13, saying the social media company had failed to “make meaningful commitments to protecting kids online.”Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal and Representatives Kathy Castor and Lori Trahan said Facebook had not addressed their concerns. “When it comes to putting people before profits, Facebook has forfeited the benefit of the doubt, and we strongly urge Facebook to abandon its plans to launch a version of Instagram for kids.”Last week, a group of 40 state attorneys general also urged Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to abandon those plans. A Facebook spokesman said Tuesday “as every parent knows, kids are already online. We want to improve this situation by delivering experiences that give parents visibility and control over what their kids are doing.”The company said previously it will not show ads in any Instagram version for people under 13.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Ed Markey, Richard Blumenthal, Kathy Castor, Lori Trahan, , Mark Zuckerberg, , Zuckerberg Organizations: REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Democratic U.S, Facebook Inc, Facebook
REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstVice President Kamala Harris, the first Asian American to hold the No. 2 position in the White House, will headline a virtual summit hosted this week by the leading Asian American Democratic political action committee, organizers told Reuters. Harris' attendance at the AAPI Victory Fund's first-ever "Unity Summit," which will be announced on Monday, bolsters the group's effort to harness an unprecedented surge of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters in the 2020 presidential election. read more"The AAPI community does now have the loudest voice we've ever had," said Varun Nikore, the executive director of the AAPI Victory Fund. Two other ethnic political groups – Collective PAC, which supports Black candidates, and the Latino Victory Fund – will also participate in the summit.
Persons: Kamala Harris, Jonathan Ernst, Harris, Hillary Clinton, Cory Booker of, Tammy Duckworth of, Joe Biden's, Varun Nikore, , Joe Biden Organizations: White, REUTERS, Democratic, Reuters, Unity, American, Pacific, State, AAPI Victory Alliance, Democratic U.S, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, , PAC, Latino, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, American, Cory Booker of New Jersey, United States
Steve brought an important perspective to the debate on mental health parity. Steve brought that important perspective to the debate on mental health care parity. Unfortunately, even with the ACA and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, insurers still manage to create roadblocks to mental health treatment. Unfortunately, even with those stipulations and the protections of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, insurers still manage to create roadblocks to mental health treatment. Still, despite roadblocks like these, we continue to make progress in pursuit of full mental health care equity for all.
Persons: Steve Winter, , Steve, Steve —, she'd, Jim Ramstad, they're Organizations: ACA, Affordable Locations: Akron , Ohio
Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will not seek re-election
  + stars: | 2021-05-07 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.53   time to read: +2 min
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during a Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign stop in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. October 27, 2020. REUTERS/Brian SnyderAtlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who was seen as a possible running mate for Joe Biden in last year's U.S. presidential election, said on Thursday she will not seek a second term in office. Bottoms, 51, who was elected mayor in 2017 and is just the second Black woman to lead the city, did not provide a reason for her decision and did not say what she would do next. "It is with deep emotions that I hold my head high, and choose not to seek another term as Mayor," Bottoms wrote in a letter shared on Twitter. She then urged them to "go home" and study the nonviolence measures followed by civil rights icons.
Persons: Keisha Lance Bottoms, Joe Biden's, Brian Snyder, Joe Biden, Bottoms, Biden, George Floyd's, Rayshard Brooks, Brooks Organizations: Atlanta, Democratic, REUTERS, Brian Snyder Atlanta, U.S, Twitter, Atlanta police, Atlanta Civil Service Board, Thomson Locations: Democratic U.S, Atlanta , Georgia, U.S, Bottoms
Texas Democrats are waging an all-night fight against a restrictive election bill, vowing to file more than 100 amendments to derail or limit the impact of legislation that would create criminal penalties in the election process and empower partisan poll watchers. Democrats and activists spent the day rallying against the bill, which they argue would suppress voting and disenfranchise voters of color. The bill would also empower partisan poll watchers, which Democrats warn could make it easier for partisan officials to intimidate voters. The bill was originally proposed as House Bill 6, but Republican lawmakers used a legislative maneuver to ensure that it will advance quickly. Last week, Republicans replaced the text of a different bill, SB 7, a Senate elections bill, with HB 6.
Persons: Jessica González, González, Briscoe Cain, Greg Abbott, Joaquin Castro, It's, Donald Trump's, Trump, James Talarico, We're Organizations: Texas Democrats, State, Democratic, NBC News, Rep, Republican, Democrats, Capitol, Republican Party, Democratic U.S . Rep, Republican Party in, Republicans, HB Locations: Texas, Republican Party in Texas, Harris County, Houston
Crist joined an exodus of prominent House Democrats from competitive districts as the party fights to keep its narrow six-seat majority in next year's midterm congressional elections. The Republican Party on Tuesday added 10 House Democrats to their target list of 57 seats they plan to focus on in next year's House elections. That's almost triple the 21 Republican-held seats that the Democrats' congressional campaign arm is taking aim at. Last week, Representative Cheri Bustos, former chief of the House Democrats' campaign arm, said she would be retiring from the House at the end of her term. But several of the same moderates lost re-election last year, when Democrats lost 13 House seats, and Bustos' own margin of victory narrowed to just four percentage points.
Persons: Charlie Crist, Christopher Wray, Carlos Barria, Tuesday, Joe Biden's, Ron DeSantis, Crist, Tom Emmer, I’d, Kyle Kondik, Cheri Bustos, Donald Trump, Bustos, Filemon Vela, Ann Kirkpatrick, Tim Ryan, Rob Portman, Ron Wright of Organizations: Rep, Capitol, REUTERS, Democratic U.S . House, Republican, Tuesday, Democrats, Republican Party, White House, Republicans, National Republican Congressional Committee, University of Virginia, House Democrats, Trump voters, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Florida, New York, California, Texas, North Carolina, Illinois, Trump, Filemon Vela of Texas, Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona, Ohio, Ron Wright of Texas
Florida's Legislature passed an election bill Thursday that includes restrictions on drop boxes and voting by mail over the concerns of Democrats and voting rights activists that the restrictions would amount to voter suppression. Democratic state Sen. Audrey Gibson said the measure was an "attempt to create a monarchy" by giving the governor more power. Democrats offered many amendments to water down some of the restrictions, among them to remove the identification requirements, expand who could return someone's ballot to a drop box and allow for drop boxes to be monitored by cameras instead of staff members. But unlike those in Georgia, top Florida businesses have largely remained quiet despite urging from voting rights activists. Voting rights groups panned the bill's passage in a raft of statements shortly after the House vote.
Persons: Ron DeSantis, Alcee Hastings, Sen, Audrey Gibson, Donald Trump's, Omari Hardy, Jim Crow, Hardy, Republicans bristled, Ralph Massullo, Brad Ashwell Organizations: Senate, Republicans, Republican Gov, Democratic U.S . Rep, Democratic, Democrats, Republican, Rep Locations: Florida's, Miami, Florida, Georgia
During his speech to Congress, Biden appealed to Americans to support his “blue-collar blueprint” for change, saying his administration would invest a combined $4 trillion in families and infrastructure to rebuild the middle class. The Democratic president also plans to meet with Carter, a close friend who at 96 is the longest-living U.S. president. First lady Jill Biden will accompany Biden to visit the Carters in Plains, Georgia, about 150 miles (240 km) south of Atlanta. Carter, president from 1977 to 1981 and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has experienced a string of health problems in recent years, including falls and a form of skin cancer. Biden carried Georgia in November's presidential election, the first Democrat to do so in 28 years.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jonathan Ernst, Jimmy Carter, Biden, Carter, Rosalynn Carter, Jill Biden, Carter's, Raphael Warnock, Jon Ossoff, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Ahmaud, Donald Trump’s Organizations: U.S, Congress, Chamber, Capitol, REUTERS, Georgia's Democratic Party, Democratic, Democratic U.S, Republican, Senate, Atlanta, U.S . Justice Department, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Georgia, U.S, Atlanta, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Duluth, Plains , Georgia, Georgia . Georgia
After arriving in Georgia, the Democratic president and first lady Jill Biden drove to the Carter home in the small town of Plains, about 150 miles (240 km) south of Atlanta. They met privately with Carter, who served as Democratic president from 1977 to 1981, and his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter. Biden is close friends and political allies with Carter, who at 96 is the longest-living U.S. president. Former President Donald Trump, whom Biden defeated in last November's election, expressed concern about the tax increases on corporations that Biden wants to pay for his plans. Biden carried Georgia in November's presidential election, the first Democrat to do so in 28 years.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jonathan Ernst, Jimmy Carter, Jill Biden, Carter, Rosalynn Carter, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Maria, Raphael Warnock, Jon Ossoff, Keisha Lance Bottoms Organizations: U.S, Congress, Chamber, Capitol, REUTERS, Democratic, Fox Business, Democratic Party, Democratic U.S, Republican, Senate, Atlanta, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Georgia, U.S, Plains, Atlanta, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Duluth
Two major lobbying groups for the U.S. automotive industry are urging updates to federal vehicle safety regulations in the wake of high-profile crashes involving Tesla vehicles. The NHTSA has opened around 28 investigations into Tesla vehicle crashes to date, and about 24 of these are active. Automated driving systems or driver-assist systems can control of some of a vehicle's functions. No precise federal regulations or performance standards govern automated driving systems in the U.S. despite their commercial availability. Tesla vehicles have cabin cameras, but according to the company's owners manuals, these are not used for driver monitoring.
Persons: Tesla, Ann Wilson, John Bozzella, Bozzella, Mark Herman, Scott J, Engle, Elon Musk, Musk, Lars Moravy, Moravy, Autosteer, Lucy Nicholson Organizations: U.S, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, & Equipment Manufacturers Association, Tesla, Transportation Safety Board, Traffic, Administration, NHTSA, NTSB, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, government's, Vehicle Safety, Transportation, Democratic U.S, Equipment Manufacturers Association, General, Motors, Subaru, BMW, Ford Motor, National Transportation Safety Board, Traffic Safety Administration, Reuters Tesla, Tesla Motors Locations: U.S, Maritime, Spring , Texas, Harris, The Woodlands , Texas, Hawthorne , California
3 U.S. senators want driver monitoring systems mandated
  + stars: | 2021-04-26 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three Democratic U.S. senators on Monday said they are introducing legislation that would require U.S. regulators to mandate installation of driver-monitoring systems to ensure motorists pay attention while using systems like Tesla’s Autopilot. Senators Ed Markey, Richard Blumenthal and Amy Klobuchar introduced the measure and other auto safety bills on Monday, saying they hope to get them included as part of infrastructure reform legislation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened 28 probes into Tesla crashes to date, with 24 pending, where Autopilot was suspected of being in use.
Persons: Ed Markey, Richard Blumenthal, Amy Klobuchar Organizations: Democratic U.S, Traffic, Administration Locations: WASHINGTON
Three U.S. senators want driver monitoring systems mandated
  + stars: | 2021-04-26 | by ( David Shepardson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Three Democratic U.S. senators on Monday said they are introducing legislation that would require U.S. regulators to mandate installation of driver-monitoring systems to ensure motorists pay attention while using systems like Tesla’s Autopilot. Slideshow ( 2 images )Senators Ed Markey, Richard Blumenthal and Amy Klobuchar introduced the measure on Monday, saying they hope to get it included as part of infrastructure reform legislation. The measure also requires the agency “to study how driver-monitoring systems can prevent driver distraction, driver disengagement, automation complacency, and the foreseeable misuse of advanced driver-assist systems.”NHTSA said it does not comment on pending legislation. “Tesla is falling behind other automakers like GM and Ford that, on models with advanced driver assist systems, use technology to make sure the driver is looking at the road,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of Consumer Reports’ auto testing. Blumenthal and Markey are also introducing separate measures to boost completion rates of auto safety recalls, require automakers to publicly disclose more early-warning defect information and set new motor vehicle seat safety standards.
Persons: Ed Markey, Richard Blumenthal, Amy Klobuchar, Tesla, Blumenthal, Markey, , Jake Fisher Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democratic U.S, Traffic, Administration, NHTSA, National Transportation Safety, Consumer Reports, GM, Ford, Consumer Locations: Texas
PoliticsGOP on their infrastructure plan: 'This is a robust package'PostedU.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday put forward their version of an infrastructure package that would spend $568 billion over five years in a response to Democratic U.S. President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion proposal.
Persons: Joe Biden's Organizations: GOP, U.S, Senate, Democratic U.S
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. lawmakers, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, on Tuesday reintroduced their “Green New Deal” resolution, their set of aggressive climate goals intended to transform the U.S. economy. The plan has received backing from 103 House lawmakers, Ocasio-Cortez said, including first-term congresswoman Cori Bush of Missouri, a vocal supporter. Republicans and Trump slammed the Green New Deal when it was first introduced, claiming adopting its goals would force Americans to cease traveling and not be able to eat meat. “The green new disaster is back,” Republican Senator John Barrasso said in a statement on Monday, ahead of the relaunch. Separately, Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, on Monday introduced their Green New Deal for Public Housing Act.
Persons: Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Ed Markey, Joe Biden’s, Donald Trump, Biden, Markey, we’re, ” Markey, Cori Bush of, Trump, John Barrasso, Franklin Roosevelt’s, Bernie Sanders Organizations: WASHINGTON, Democratic U.S, Green, General Motors, Republicans, Deal, Republican, Green New Deal, Public Locations: United States, America, United, Paris, Cori Bush of Missouri
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