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Table: Tauzin's Scorecard


His earlier hearings generated headlines, but only modest action

FORD-FIRESTONE

Televised hearings examined tire blowouts and Ford Explorer rollover problems.

RESULT: A bit of money for oversight agency and modest new tire-safety legislation, but no sweeping reforms.

ELECTION-NIGHT COVERAGE

Headed inquiry into how cable and networks bungled vote tally.

RESULT: Nothing.

CALIFORNIA ENERGY CRISIS

Ran probe of brownouts and price spikes in 2000.

RESULT: Tauzin championed the Bush energy bill through the House, but it's now bogged down in the Senate. Meanwhile California's problems have gone away on their own.


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