Corker Disappointed In Initial Outline Of Auto Bailout Plan

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Sen. Bob Corker said Saturday he is disappointed in reports of an auto bailout plan being developed between House Democrats and the White House.

“Based on the outline we’ve seen so far, we are disappointed in the plan that is being developed between House Democrats and the White House,” he said.

Earlier this week at the Senate Banking hearing, Sen. Corker outlined a plan which states:

“Before we even contemplate making a loan to these companies, we need to put in place specific and rigorous measures that include:

· “One, give existing bondholders 30 cents on the dollar to help reduce their overall debt load.


· “Two, bring wages immediately in-line with companies like Nissan and Volkswagen.
· “Three, GM owes $23 billion to the United Auto Worker’s VEBA (voluntary employees’ beneficiary association) account. The union must agree to take half of that payment in GM stock.
· “Four, the union must agree to do away with payments to workers who are still receiving almost full compensation up to four years after their jobs have ended.

“These are the same types of conditions a bankruptcy judge might require to ensure that these companies become viable and sustainable into the future, and if they will agree to these terms then we have something to talk about. The process I have suggested would allow them to avoid the problems and stigma that accompany a formal bankruptcy, while forcing them to do the things they need to do to be successful companies.”


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