Mothers Against Drunk Driving is backing a movement to require convicted drunken drivers to use ignition interlocks.
Its lobbying efforts have won over influential Members, including House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who chairs the Commerce, Science, and Transportation subcommittee dealing with surface transportation. Of course, their support doesn’t guarantee that the interlock incentives will make it into the final version of the transportation bill, which has a string of politicized issued attached to it.
Both groups have already started trading shots. Griffin said ABI’s positions were designed to “put profit ahead of public safety,” and, in a press release earlier today, Longwell accused MADD of “a long history of juking the stats to drum up support.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.