2008年11月9日日曜日

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昨日の続きです。
あの後どうやって持っていくのやらと、思っていたら……

By John Hughes

Nov. 6 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC, seeking U.S. aid as sales slump, should receive ``additional help'' from President George W. Bush's administration, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.

Reid, a Nevada Democrat, made the comment in a statement after meeting with the automakers' chief executive officers today in Washington. The Bush administration should use its existing authority to provide the help, Reid said, without being specific as to the amount.

GM CEO Rick Wagoner, Ford's Alan Mulally, Chrysler's Robert Nardelli and United Auto Workers President Ronald Gettelfinger also met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat. The auto chiefs didn't take questions from reporters.

Automakers are seeking $50 billion to help them weather the worst auto market in 25 years. The package would consist of $25 billion for health-care spending and $25 billion for general liquidity that could be delivered in different ways, including short-term borrowing from the Federal Reserve, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Congress will continue exploring ways to aid automakers, Reid said in his statement. A stimulus bill that may be taken up before President Bush leaves office might be one opportunity for automakers to seek additional aid.

Looking Out for Taxpayers

GM will work with Reid and Pelosi ``to ensure immediate and necessary funding to keep the auto industry viable,'' the company said in a statement. Factors including market instability and restricted credit ``affected significantly our ability to sustain our business,'' the statement said.

The three companies, their unions and legislative allies are seeking aid during the worst auto market in 25 years, which caused $28.6 billion in combined first-half losses. U.S. auto sales plunged 32 percent in October to the lowest monthly total since 1991.

The government wants to ``ensure the viability of this industry,'' Pelosi told reporters before her meeting with automakers' CEOs. She also said the government will be ``looking out for taxpayers.''

Interim Rules

The meeting with Pelosi was ``very positive,'' according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, who also attended. Hoyer, when asked whether the automakers mentioned bankruptcy, said, ``No, but I'm not going to say anything further.''

Representative Sander Levin, a Michigan Democrat who also attended, said the meeting ``went very well'' and that the outcome would be ``positive.''

President-elect Barack Obama said last week he plans to work with the industry to make it more competitive. Obama has called for a $175 billion stimulus package to follow the $168 billion package signed into law in February.

Automakers, the UAW and state political leaders have sought support from the Fed, the Energy Department, the Treasury Department and from Congress.

The Energy Department said yesterday it has moved ahead with one piece of automaker aid as it set the interim rules for as much as $25 billion for the energy-efficient vehicles.

Public Citizen, a consumer-advocate group in Washington, said in a statement the government should ensure that the funding is targeted to create more fuel-efficient vehicles, as it was intended.

The Energy Department ``should not provide loans to upgrade plants that produce performance vehicles,'' Joan Claybrook, Public Citizen's president, said in the statement.

To contact the reporters on this story: John Hughes in Washington at Jhughes5@bloomberg.net;

Last Updated: November 6, 2008 20:35 EST


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寄りにもよって、政府に泣きつくかー?
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