Some U.S. policymakers believe that the domestic auto industry needs a multi-billion $hot in the arm, but the sticking point seems to be where to find the funds. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is calling for a portion of the financial sector's $700 billion TARP buyout to be apportioned to Detroit, but Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson doesn't like the sound of that at all. Instead, Paulson would like to see the automakers get the $25 billion they've already been promised
, and suggests that it be made available as soon as possible. Of course, that money was supposed to go towards retooling the industry to make more fuel efficient
cars, not necessarily as a cash-infusion to keep the Detroit 2.8 running. In any case, Frank has called for a meeting with the heads of each automaker in Washington next Wednesday to discuss whether a new loan for Detroit should be sectioned off from the TARP fund. This could get interesting.
[Source: Detroit Free Press
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