President Obama is scheduled to give a press conference today at 11:00 AM EST today in which he'll officially reveal his plans for the U.S. auto industry. Stay tuned and keep hitting refresh on your browser to learn the latest.

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- Gov't will give GM adequate working capital to survive next 60 days

- Working capital up to $6 billion will be provided to Chrysler for next 30 days, during which time an acceptable deal with Fiat must be struck

- Chapter 11 bankruptcy still an option

- NEW TAX BENEFIT (for vehicle's purchased between 2/16 and end of year): Deduct cost of any sales tax or excise tax.

- Cash for Clunkers incentive (get money to trade in old car and buy new one): Obama wants to make this happen and make it retroactive, work with Congress to carve out funds from Recovery Act to pay for it.

- Designating a new Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers


- Auto industry has shed over 400,000 jobs in the past year, Michigan has 10% unemployment rate

- "We cannot and must not, and will not, let our auto industry vanish."

NOTE: DOW down 275 points at 11:11 AM EST

- Companies must stand on their own, not as ward's of the state

- Neither restructuring "plan" goes far enough to warrant substantial new investment each company is requesting

- GM/Chrysler being offered limited, additional period of time to fundamentally restructure in a way that would justify new investment from government.

- Sounds like the administration is basically giving each automaker more time to restructure and another deadline to submit another progress report to justify more investment.

- Committed to working with Congress and automakers to meet one goal: "United States of America will lead the world in building the next generation of clean cars."

- Obama going through list of accolades that U.S. automakers have received for their "green" cars.

- "Our auto industry is not moving in the right direction fast enough to succeed in a very tough environment."

- Obama is now going to go over what each automaker needs to do...

GM
- Current GM plan is not strong enough
- Confident GM can rise again if it undergoes fundamental restructuring
- Rick Wagoner stepping aside is first step
- Not a condemnation of Wagoner, recognition that company needs new vision
- Gov't will give GM adequate working capital to survive next 60 days
- Criteria GM has to meet includes A) consolidating enough on profitable brands, B) cleaning up balance sheets, C) business model to survive and succeed in this competitive global market.

- "Let me be clear, the U.S. government has no interest in running GM."

Chrysler
- Situation more challenging
- Partner required to remain viable (Fiat)
- Fiat will give Chrysler technology and build cars and engines in the U.S.
- Chrysler will repay tax payers before Fiat can take majority stake in company
- Working capital up to $6 billion will be provided to Chrysler for next 30 days, during which time an acceptable deal with Fiat must be struck
- If no agreement with Fiat happens and no other partner steps up, Chrysler gets no more money


- Chapter 11 bankruptcy still an option, Obama is being very careful to explain what "bankruptcy" means, i.e. restructuring, clearing away old debts, companies remain open and workers employed.

- U.S. government will stand behind warranties of GM and Chrysler cars.

What gov't will do to support demand for auto sales...
- Gov't will make sure funds to purchase gov't cars will be paid as soon as possible
- Accelerate Treasury Dept's Consumer and Business Lending Initiative
- Work with auto finance company's to increase available credit

- NEW TAX BENEFIT (for vehicle's purchased between 2/16 and end of year): Deduct cost of any sales tax or excise tax.

- Cash for Clunkers incentive (get money to trade in old car and buy new one): Obama wants to make this happen and make it retroactive, work with Congress to carve out funds from Recovery Act to pay for it.

- Obama ending with speech directly to working people: "I will fight for you."

- Compares auto industry crisis to natural disaster, "Damage is clear and we must likewise respond."

- Designating a new Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers to "cut through red tape". Ed Montgomery appointed, former Deputy Labor Secretary. Will provide support to auto workers and their families (not sure how, though). Apparently he'll have access to Recovery Act money.

- Closing with ra-ra speech on how Americans have always tackled adversity and emerged stronger.

Speech ends at 11:25 AM EST, Dow at 264 points.