The first time time General Motors CEO Mary Barra went to Washington to answer Congress' questions about the Chevrolet Cobalt ignition switch situation, everyone walked away light on answers and heavy on parody, more parody and yet more parody. Barra explained that she was waiting for the results of a months-long internal GM investigation headed by ex-US Attorney Anton Valukas before going into more detail. Now that the report is out – and already being assailed – Barra will head back to Congress to face another round of queries.

This time, however, Barra goes with a declared mission to "update (the committee) on the actions GM is taking in response to the ignition switch recall," in the words of GM spokesperson Greg Martin. The Detroit News said "GM's Barra promises answers this time," but reading between the corporate and Congressional press release phrasings, Barra and her interlocuters might still be at cross purposes. The Martin statement says Barra will be explaining what GM is doing in response to the report, but the statement issued by two House Representatives suggests they still want answers from the last hearings, like who knew what and when did they know it, saying that the the Valukas report leaves "many questions remain unanswered about the recalls."

The showdown goes down before a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee at 10 in the morning next Wednesday.


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      Winnie Jenkems
      • 6 Months Ago
      Mary Barra!
      Roger Smith
      • 6 Months Ago
      Never like the idea of getting government help when a year before they got with china S.A.I.C. All the rest of Daewoo company in Korea?,the money was more for the upper management than to create a newer cars when Daewoo already have the Hybrid technology on the Lacetti ( re-badge as a Volt/Cruze and now Cadillac,when Ford have to sell Jaguar,Land Rover and Volvo and even share the global design and Miss was up there part of the global platform share and safety division? Selling old Opels as Buick is not going to last forever and sending more money to the Korean studio or china is. Not going to help either,the main hub is USA and have some compaction for all the hungry people looking to design and create new cars for GM here in our soil!
      BigNorm Jackson
      • 6 Months Ago
      Now that GM has paid off all they loans.. Been a while now, why is the government meddling in the affairs of acooperate industry? They got fined.. They paid their dues... Don't congress got a budget to sort out smh
        churchmotor
        • 6 Months Ago
        @BigNorm Jackson
        Loans, yes, But the 10 BILLION flushed down the toilet handed over to the UAW is still a sour pill.
        WindsWilling
        • 6 Months Ago
        @BigNorm Jackson
        They didn't pay their dues. They got off easy thus far. All parties involved should be whacked with criminal charges. And that "fine" was bull. Look how the government agencies went after Toyota. Then look at how they handled this thus far. Further proof of how corrupt things are in the higher ups in our country.
      Brodz
      • 6 Months Ago
      Most major volume manufacturer's are pretty evil and greedy when it comes to cost of life/damages costs vs superior parts/quality costs. But I think GM takes it to new levels. They really do and have churned out their factories some woeful rubbish. The only great thing they make are the Camaro and Corvette. Why don't the have more pride in their products?