Let's Divert Green $$$ to Aid Autos: White House

Perino slams Dem plan to use bailout money
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2008 7:45 PM CST
The General Motors headquarters is seen at dusk in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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(Newser) – The White House urged Congress today to prop up the Big Three automakers with $25 billion in federal funding—and nix environmental provisions attached to that money, the Wall Street Journal reports. Approved last year, the dollars were designated to help carmakers convert to more fuel-efficient vehicles. Now they can "accelerate much needed funds to the auto companies," the White House said.

The announcement heated up a bipartisan battle scheduled for next week in Congress. Democratic lawmakers want the Treasury to back the Big Three with money from the $700 billion bailout plan, a move the White House blasted as "a path that will only lead to partisan gridlock."