23 lawmakers say that GM should suspend 500 dealerships closings

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 31, 2010

A group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers are asking the Obama administration to suspend the termination of 500 General Motors dealerships on Sunday. But according to a GM spokesman, there are no plans to suspend the wind-down agreements' deadlines with dealers.

At least 23 House members have signified their support of the move to stop the terminations until federal investigators have completed their investigation of the possible illegal misconduct due to the closures.

Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio, started the effort and received the backing of House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, the most senior Republican in this group. The Democrats include Reps. Dennis Kucinich and Betty Sutton of Ohio.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, another Ohio Democrat, sent a letter to the Obama administration and GM, urging them to “postpone any dealership closings until the dealerships have had their day in court.”

It’s not coincidental that many of these lawmakers are from Ohio. Three GM dealerships in the state that are included in those that will be shut down have appealed arbitrators' decisions. [via autonews - sub. required]

Topics: gm, united states

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