Committee Begins Getting Answers from Volkswagen and EPA on Emissions Cheat
WASHINGTON, DC – The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), today continued its investigation of the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Members today heard from Michael Horn, President and CEO of Volkswagen USA, and the Environmental Protection Agency as they work toward understanding the facts and circumstances around this cheating and how it went undetected for so long.
“The behavior to which VW admitted represents a fundamental violation of public trust. And the reverberations of this violation can be seen across the United States and across the world as people grapple with the implications. We need to develop a clear understanding of the facts and circumstances surrounding this case. This hearing was an important step towards that goal,” said Murphy.
“There is a lot we still do not know about Volkswagen’s actions, or their motivations, in attempting to skirt emissions standards. But regardless of intent, they have betrayed the trust of regulators, dealers and, most importantly, the driving public,” added full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). “Every single one of us who has ties to Michigan is proud of our rich tradition that is so closely intertwined with the success of the automobile. In fact, Michigan is one of several states that have launched their own investigations. Recent reports are sickening, and cannot be tolerated. All automakers must advance by imagination and innovation – not by gaming the system and breaking the law.