September 30, 2015
Press Release

CONTACT: Jack d’Annibale | | 202-225-3976

Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) issued the following statement in response to the ongoing story of Volkswagen’s manipulation of emission test software on at least 11 million cars, as well as the news of a federal probe into potential criminal violations on the part of the auto manufacturer.

“Volkswagen’s manipulation of emission test software on at least 11 million cars is simply unacceptable.  This disregard for the law underscores the absolute necessity for a fully empowered and fully funded Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  EPA must be able to hold companies accountable for their actions.  I applaud Administrator McCarthy’s leadership at the EPA; I also fully support the Department of Justice opening a criminal investigation into Volkswagen’s actions.  Unfortunately, this is not the first time that a major car manufacturer has tried to cheat on required emissions tests.   In the urgent mission to curb carbon pollutants, protect the quality of the air we breathe and arrest the terrible effects of climate change, intentionally deceptive practices by corporations must not be tolerated.  That’s why I am looking into legislative options to bolster the federal government’s  ability to prevent and, when necessary, fully prosecute actions that not only constitute consumer fraud but also imperil our health and environment.”