If you walk around the Capitol when Congress is in session, you'll see about a dozen Chevrolet Suburbans — and one or two Fords — parked just outside the doors to each chamber, waiting for members of the leadership to exit for the day. The same vehicles make up much of President Obama's motorcade and were popular in the George W. Bush administration as well.
The popularity of the Suburbans as a mode of transport and security is oddly unexplained on the Hill. But the truly unusual thing about the decision to entrust the safety of many of the nation's leaders to these particular cars is that General Motors, which owns Chevrolet, is under congressional investigation over sometimes-fatal safety flaws.
Members of the House's Energy and Commerce Committee will hold another hearing with GM executives on Wednesday morning over the company's recall of more than 17 million vehicles nationwide this year. And if it's anything like the last hearing in April, it will be contentious.
The decision to haul congressional leaders and presidents around in GM cars is a difficult one to explain, as it appears that no one on Capitol Hill is aware — or, perhaps, willing to discuss — just who made that choice.