Congress will likely vote this week in favor of giving Detroit automakers at least $15 billion in federal loans, but that healthy chunk of change will come with many strings attached. Several Congressmen have insisted that more concessions come from the UAW, lenders and executives before a cent is sent to Detroit. Another stipulation is a special "Car Czar" to watch over the money and make sure it is being spent wisely. Several congressional officials have mentioned September 11 fund master Kenneth Feinberg as a candidate to keep the automakers in line. Feinberg, who is also an accomplished lawyer, oversaw over $500 million in donations following the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. A key element of being "Car Czar" would be wielding the authority to take all the funding back if he determines it's been used improperly.
[Source: The Detroit News]