At the annual Detroit auto show, car enthusiasts were not letting the frigid weather or drab economic climate deter them. Fred de Sam Lazaro gives an update from Detroit on the state of the auto industry and its efforts to pull itself out of the slump. Continue reading
President Bush has unveiled a $17 billion automaker rescue plan that will force the companies to restructure in order to remain competitive. A White House economist and a congressman debate the package. Continue reading
Executives of Detroit’s Big Three auto companies appeared before the Senate Banking Committee Thursday to renew their much-debated request for billions in federal aid. Judy Woodruff reports on the hearing. Continue reading
By the week’s end, lawmakers will review business plans submitted Tuesday by Detroit’s Big Three. Ford CEO Alan Mulally explains his auto company’s proposal to avoid bankruptcy. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: Paul Solman reports on the impact to auto workers.
David Brooks and Ruth Marcus weigh reports that President-elect Barack Obama plans to choose Sen. Hillary Clinton and Timothy Geithner, among others, for Cabinet posts and the search for solutions to the economic crisis. Continue reading
- If There Isn’t a Bailout of the Big Three Auto Firms, What is the Overall Effect on the Government and on Our Economy?
Question/Comment: If there isn’t a bailout of the Big Three auto firms, what is the overall effect on the government and on our economy? Paul Solman: Well, in a time of fearsome recession or worse, the loss of another quarter-million … Continue reading
Auto industry executives testified before Congress Wednesday, asking lawmakers to provide aid to the struggling companies and responding to criticisms of poor management. General Motors’ CEO Rick Wagoner discusses the industry’s crisis and his company’s case for government help. Continue reading