Congress Battles Over Funding For Auto Jobs

A debate over funding projects tied to Michigan is causing yet another budget battle in Congress this week. Lawmakers are attempting to pass a spending bill that would keep the federal government operating past the start of the new fiscal year, on October 1st. But without the bill being passed, funding for federal disaster relief projects will run out far sooner than that. Republicans want any additional relief funding offset by corresponding spending cuts, and are trying to take that money from a program that helps develop energy efficient cars. Democrats have balked at the move, saying the funding helps create thousands of jobs in Michigan with automakers and auto parts suppliers. The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on an overall spending plan that includes funding for the energy efficient vehicles as soon as today.