U.S. officials, members of Congress tour The WAS

U.S. officials, members of Congress tour The WAS

Living up to its reputation as the Public Policy Show, The Washington Auto Show this year had visits from Cabinet secretaries, members of Congress and DC City Council members.

In a first, four Cabinet officials dropped in on the show: Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr., Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. The recently sworn in administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mark Rosekind, toured the show with DOT Secretary Foxx. DOL Secretary Perez came with his son, a car buff, who sat in the Shelby Mustang and the new Corvette.

As he did last year, Energy Secretary Moniz keynoted Media Day on Jan. 22, then toured the show with a particular interest in alternative fuel vehicles. The all-aluminum Ford F-150 also caught his attention.

Correspondingly, Congressional staff took advantage of special tours of the WAS arranged by the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers and the Global Automakers in conjunction with the Sneak Peek.

It wouldnêt be a Washington event, of course, without members of Congress. Democratic Whip and Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer, made a special visit, as did Rep. Mike Kelley (R-Penn.), a former dealer, who now has a lawmakerês interest in the auto industry.

On the local level, recently inaugurated DC Mayor Muriel Bowser cut the ribbon to officially open the show on Friday, Jan. 23. And with her commitment to DCês public schools, Mayor Bowser later spoke to students attending the WAS Education Day (see article below). A number of members of the DC City Council attended the WAS including Chairman Phil Mendelson and Councilmember Vincent Orange.

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