Michigan Governor Appeals for Help for Auto Industry

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Washington (AP) Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says the crisis in the auto industry is urgent, and the government needs to act quickly to help U.S. Automakers stay afloat.

Granholm told CBS' “Early Show” on Wednesday that the auto industry supports one in 10 U.S. Jobs. If the industry fails, she says, “there would be a ripple effect throughout the nation.”

Michigan is the home of the domestic auto industry, which is suffering under the weight of poor sales, tight credit and a sputtering economy.

Granholm says the government decided to throw $700 billion into the rescue of the financial sector, and “we're just asking for a fraction of that.”

Democratic aides say speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to seek legislation to provide relief to the battered auto industry, and wants it done in a post-election session of congress likely to convene in the next few days