Obama aides set to tour Washington auto show

Detroit News – Several top officials in the Obama administration will tour the Washington Auto Show this week, getting a firsthand look at the auto industry’s newest offerings at a time when they are considering significant auto regulations.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Carol Browner, White House coordinator for climate and energy policy, are to tour the show and meet with top auto industry officials, the White House confirmed late Sunday.

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, and Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, also will attend, spokesmen for the pair confirmed. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, is also expected to attend.

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