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Auto company loans pass House

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posted on Sep, 25 2008 @ 05:14 PM
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Auto company loans pass House


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The U.S. House on Wednesday approved $25 billion in loans for the troubled U.S. auto industry, as Michigan lawmakers hailed the plan as key toward saving thousands of jobs in the state and vowed to press for an additional $25 billion next year to boost the industry's retooling.
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posted on Sep, 25 2008 @ 05:14 PM
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As a contractor for one of the Big Three automakers, I've seen first-hand how much of a budget squeeze these giant American corporations have suffered.


Michigan lawmakers vowed that unlike the Wall Street plan, automakers would pay back the government's money.
"There are those who will lump it in with the bailouts. That's garbage," said Rep. Joe Knollenberg, R-Bloomfield Township. "I know people are still saying it -- I hear it every time I walk down the hall."


This guy used to represent my district, before the zones were gerrymandered, and he never got my vote. However, as a local directly affected by this loan, I'm grateful that Congress is getting this done.

Of course, Congress is a corporate whore house, so I guess I'm not surprised. It's interesting to observe my response to these types of ministrations when it hits so close to home.

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posted on Sep, 25 2008 @ 05:26 PM
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From today's Detroit News:



The legislation culminates a more than two-year effort to help cash-strapped automakers and parts suppliers gain access to credit, and gives a big boost to automakers, which need billions of dollars to develop fuel-efficient vehicles and modernize the factories that will build them.
The $25 billion loan program was authorized in an energy bill approved in December that also hiked fuel efficiency standards by 40 percent and was intended to help automakers meet the new mandates, but Congress never funded it. Without the low-interest loans, Detroit's Big Three face double-digit interest rates to borrow money conventionally. The program will offer rates between 4 percent and 5 percent, saving automakers more than $100 million per $1 billion borrowed.


Seems like Detroit figured this would be a good time to get in on the action. Just sorta slip in that $25 billion loan...hey, those guys are getting $700 billion+!



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