Up Close with Bill Ritter: FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh and ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — The federal government is finally starting to crack down on dangerous and deadly lithium-ion batteries.

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to ban batteries that are unsafe.

The most vocal push for this legislation came from FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanaugh.

In 2023, 18 New Yonkers died in fires caused by lithium-ion batteries. They are the third leading cause of fires in the five boroughs.

150 others were injured.

Commissioner Kavanagh is our guest.

And it’s not called the situation room for nothing.

Presidents are often found in the basement of the White House when they are dealing with a crisis.

What exactly happens there and how does it work?

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, who once served in the White House, joins us to discuss his fascinating new book about what’s happening there.

Up Close airs Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. on Channel 7, WABC-TV in New York City.

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