Here are 10 federal lawmakers recognized as consistent supporters of automotive interests.
1. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. The ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee has been a representative since 1955.
2. Rep. Joe Knollenberg, R-Mich. He has sponsored legislation to roll back steel tariffs and combat parts counterfeiting.
3. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. He's a co-chairman of the Senate Auto Caucus and has sponsored measures to limit mandated increases in corporate average fuel economy standards.
4. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo. He's Levin's co-sponsor of the CAFE amendments.
5. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich. He's a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee and has sponsored tax credits for advanced-technology vehicles.
6. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. The Senate GOP policy chairman is the chief backer of estate tax repeal.
7. Sen. George Allen, R-Va. He chairs a key auto-related Senate subcommittee and is a consistent backer of auto-industry issues, officials say.
8. Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo. The junior senator from an automaking state is attuned to industry interests, such as opening commuter freeway lanes to more hybrids.
9. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. He's co-chairman of the House Auto Caucus.
10. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. The acting House majority leader is a very good friend in a high place.