Reid Backs GM Recall Hearings

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wants to wait for hearings before opining on whether there should be more repercussions for General Motors or the 15 people who were fired Thursday in connection with the delayed GM recall that led to at least 13 deaths. "I don't know," the Nevada Democrat said. "Let's have some hearings" to find out what happened. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., chairwoman of the Commerce Subcommittee son Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance said she intends to hold a hearing later this summer. "I’m going to reserve judgment until I can take a closer look at the report — which I expect to find comprehensive and thorough — and I’m looking forward to getting a full briefing," McCaskill said. "I won’t be letting GM leadership, or federal regulators, escape accountability for these tragedies." GM released a report on an investigation on the company's handling of faulty ignition switches, which led to the deaths. "Some were removed for what we considered misconduct or incompetence," said GM CEO Mary Barra, at a news conference Thursday. "Other have been relieved because they simply didn't do enough." Barra added that five others have been disciplined.