The First Draft: Tuesday, Dec 2
Today’s the deadline for the Big Three auto makers to present their recovery plan proposals to Congress in order to get a $25 billion bailout.
All eyes will be on Capitol Hill to see the reaction of top lawmakers after the plans are in place. GM, Ford and Chrysler hope to convince lawmakers to approve the $25 billion in low-cost loans to help them survive the current downturn. The deadline comes as auto companies are due to release their November sales figures, which are expected to be low.
We all knew the economy had been in a slump, but stocks tumbled around the world after confirmation that the United States had entered recession in December 2007. The confirmation by the U.S. arbiter of recession plus a warning from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke triggered a sell-off on Wall Street which in turn sparked a domino-effect around the world.
Overseas the yen rallied to a five-week high against the dollar due in part to shaky stock markets. Stocks in the U.S. were pegged to recover a bit on Tuesday, in part because of hopes for an auto industry bailout.
The economy will be on the minds of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden as they take part in a meeting in Philadelphia of the National Governors Association.
Obama and Biden will make comments at the beginning of the meeting then it is closed to the media. But they are expected to talk about ideas of how to fix the economy. Included will be discussions on how to improve infrastructure in the United States and how to work together on boosting the economy.
Just when you thought the longest election in U.S. history was over — we have another vote, in Georgia. Voters will go to the polls for a runoff election between Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin. Chambliss is expected to win, which would mean Democrats would not be able to reach a 60-seat “super majority” that would enable them to pass legislation virtually at will.
REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (Auto workers at Ford plant)
REUTERS/Tami Chappell (Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss at rally)