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