White House blasts Congress for taking recess before addressing auto woes

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House has some harsh words for Congress about the auto industry bailout effort.

Press secretary Dana Perino says it's "appalling" that lawmakers have decided to leave town without addressing the problems facing automakers.

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said they would not put an auto bailout plan up for consideration until Detroit's Big Three offer a business plan showing how they would use federal aid to fix their companies. They did say lawmakers could come back in December to hold hearings and consider a bill, but only if the industry shows that taxpayers and auto workers would be protected.

Noting that members of Congress were the ones pushing for an auto bailout, Perino called the plan "mind-boggling." She asked "How in the world are 535 members of Congress going to determine the viability of a company?" adding "They can't even get together to pass a Mother's Day resolution."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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