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A $7,500 federal tax credit that has fueled sales of plug-in electric vehicles in recent years could be eliminated if House Republicans can include the proposal in the tax cut bill now under discussion, reports Reuters.

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NHTSA's Requested Budget Boost in Doubt

A House appropriations subcommittee passes a spending bill that includes a modest $6.5 million budget increase for the federal safety agency that's far below what the Obama administration had requested.

GM CEO Heads to Congress for Recall Update

General Motors' CEO Mary Barra will tell a congressional subcommittee she won't accept "business as usual at GM" and update the committee on the automaker's progress in dealing with the ignition switch recall.

GM CEO to Testify Before Congress on April 1

General Motors' chief executive has agreed to give testimony about the automaker's handling of vehicle safety issues including an ignition-switch failure that resulted in several deaths after airbags failed to deploy.

Proposed Draft of Auto Bill Draft Would Require ‘Black Boxes’

WASHINGTON - Under newly proposed auto-safety legislation being considered by Congress, all new vehicles would need to be equipped with "black boxes" that record performance data and federal safety regulators would be granted the authority to order immediate recalls.

U.S. Mileage Standards Up in 2011-MY

WASHINGTON – The standard would require compacts, sedans, and other passenger cars to average 30.2 miles per gallon in combined city/highway driving.

Auto Industry Rescue Plan Dies in Senate

The Associated Press reported late Thursday night that bipartisan negotiations in Senate on a Republican version of the House-passed automotive industry bailout plan fell apart after the United Auto Workers balked at demands for dramatic wage cuts.