Updated: Feb 2
Lawmakers are considering rules that could impact wages and safety in the industry.
The company executives were supposed to discuss safety and labor issues that are related to Uber and Lyft. As lawmakers try to come up with rules that will impact the ride-hailing industry as a whole.
Representative Peter DeFazio said, "Their failure to appear at this hearing is a telling sign that they would rather suffer a public lashing than answer questions on the record about their operations,”
The hearing was called to gather input from company officials on issues related to the industry, from safety to driver wages.
In letters sent to Uber and Lyft, representatives said that the committee is now considering making policy decisions without their input.
"Uber and Lyft have missed an important opportunity for them, but that will not stop this committee or this subcommittee from doing its duty," said Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).