April 19, 2014 SIGN IN | REGISTER

Auto Relief Runs Out of Gas

Republicans essentially blamed the unions for balking at bringing down their pay.

“I think getting Republicans to vote for something that is considered to be some sort of a rescue package or bailout for this industry right now is a very heavy lift absent some of these reforms right now,” Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said. “So far everybody’s given something here except the unions.”

But Democrats placed the blame squarely on Republicans, who had refused to negotiate on the bill when Democrats and the White House renewed talks late last week.

“Somehow workers get paid too much in this country, and unless we sock it to the worker, [Republicans] will not be willing to allow a $14 billion bridge loan to be able to save an industry,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said. “There are those who think they can play games with this, and there are no consequences. ... It’s not about auto executives versus workers. This is about the economy of our country.”

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