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SHOT LIST:POOL - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington - July 17, 2014++SOUNDBITES SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++1. SOUNDBITE (English) Kenneth Feinberg, Compensation Expert:"We will compensate the innocent victims of this tragedy, that's the purpose of the protocol and I am confident that it will succeed, we being August 1st, claims can be submitted for the next five months through December 31st, we will stay in active work into 2015 processing claims that may come in late in the year we're not going to disappear on December 31st so well stick around."2. SOUNDBITE (English) Kenneth Feinberg, Compensation Expert:"The contributory negligence of the driver - speeding, cell phone texting while driving, intoxication - irrelevant, we're not looking at the driver or the circumstances of the drivers negligence, we are looking at the automobile and only at the automobile to determine whether or not the defective ignition switch was the proximate cause of the accident."3. SOUNDBITE (English) Kenneth Feinberg, Compensation Expert:"What I want to avoid with this program is being inundated by thousands of claims where the air bag deployed making it extremely unlikely that it was the ignition switch causing delay in getting money out the door to the vast number of claimants which clearly can demonstrate air bag non-deployment through police reports, photographs etc. and the whole key to this program as you and others have pointed out, is getting money out the door as fast as possible to eligible claimants." STORYLINE:Lawmakers on Thursday demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into deadly recalls.GM recalled 2.6 million small cars beginning in February because their ignition switches can fall out of the "run" position, causing the engines to stall and shutting off the air bags, power steering and other critical functions. Compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg is administering a plan for victims' families, and will begin taking claims Aug. 1. Feinberg was the first to testify Thursday."The contributory negligence of the driver - speeding, cell phone texting while driving, intoxication - irrelevant, we're not looking at the driver or the circumstances of the drivers negligence, we are looking at the automobile and only at the automobile to determine whether or not the defective ignition switch was the proximate cause of the accident," said Feinberg at the hearing. GM CEO Mary Barra will continue with her testimony Thursday on the ignition switch failure.