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Feds prepare for another year of ignoring safety

Catherine Kauffman, a policy analyst in Public Citizen’s auto safety division, makes a guest appearance on The Hill’s Congress Blog where she wonders how long the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will continue to thumb its nose at Congress.

A new year normally is a time to start fresh, to resolve to develop good habits and to remedy problems leftover from the year past. For the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), however, the arrival of 2008 and its accompanying appropriations budget proved to be just the opposite — a time to even further entrench its troublesome, dangerous (and now prohibited by Congress) NAFTA trucks demonstration pilot project.