In order to get the bill passed, Congressional Democrats gave in to the administration's demand for strict oversight, including broad powers for the Car Czar to pull back the money if he/she determines that automakers aren't on track and dropping a provision that automakers must agree to end their support of lawsuits against states that have chosen to adopt emissions standards set by the California Air Resources Board that are stricter than federal standards.
Though the bill appears to have passed through the House with ease, the case for assisting Detroit with federal funds will receive much more resistance in the Senate where Democrats are not expected to have the 60 votes needed to block a filibuster by opposing Republicans. Led by Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala), the Republican opposition may have enough votes to indefinitely stall or outright block the bill's passage. The White House spent Wednesday among its Republican colleagues in the Senate trying to shore up support for the bill, but no one is certain what the bill's chances are of passing. The showdown between Senate Republicans and the fate of U.S. automakers is scheduled for a vote either late Saturday or early Sunday. Stay tuned.
[Source: CNN Money]