White House Steps Up For Automakers

The future of the U.S. auto industry seemed uncertain Saturday morning. This week, Congress tried but failed to pass a $14 billion rescue package aimed at keeping the major three automakers afloat until the end of March. Then, it adjourned.

On Friday, the Bush administration said it would come up with the money to keep the companies operating — at least until the new Congress reconvenes in January. Meanwhile, General Motors announced that it will temporarily idle 20 plants across the country and slash production early next year.

Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's John Ydstie about the latest on the auto bailout plan.

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