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미국 자동차업계, 하원 의장과 회동 예정 (E)


미국의 주요 자동차 생산업체 회장들이 오늘 낸시 펠로시 하원의장과 만나 어려움에 빠진 미국 자동차업계에 대한 정부의 구제 방안을 논의합니다.

제너럴 모터스와 포드, 크라이슬러 등 3개 업체 회장들은 자동차 업계에 대한 2백50억 달러 규모의 구제금융 법안이 의회에서 통과되도록 협조해달라고 펠로시 의장에게 요청할 것으로 보입니다. 이 구제방안은 미국 에너지부가 미국 자동차 생산업체들의 연료효율 향상을 지원하기 위해 제시한 250억 달러 규모의 융자금과 별도로 논의되고 있습니다.

펠로시 의장과의 오늘 회동에는 전미자동차노조 회장도 참석할 예정입니다.

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Leaders of America's so-called "Big Three" automakers will meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today (Thursday) to discuss a possible government-funded bailout of the ailing domestic industry.

The chief executives of General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Chrysler will likely push for congressional passage of a 25 billion dollar loan package to shore up their dwindling cash reserves. The proposed loan is in addition to an earlier 25 billion dollar loan offered by the U.S. Energy Department to help the automakers produce more fuel-efficient vehicles.

The president of the United Auto Workers union will also attend today's meeting with Pelosi.

The "Big Three" automakers have urged the Bush administration to speed up the release of the initial 25 billion dollar loan because declining sales are pushing them closer to bankruptcy.


U.S. auto sales plunged by more than 30 percent in October in their lowest levels in almost two decades.

G.M. has been lobbying President George Bush for 10 billion dollars to facilitate a merger with Chrysler, the country's third-largest automaker.

President-elect Barack Obama is supporting a proposal to double the Energy Department loan to 50 billion dollars. Mr. Obama promised to give the U.S. auto companies help as they make the transition from fossil fuels to newer and cleaner technologies during the presidential campaign.`


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