WASHINGTON -- General Motors and Chrysler Group are in talks with lawmakers to try to fashion a new agreement on dealer closings and avoid legislation that would unwind the shutdown of thousands of these stores, spokesmen for the two companies said.
Were interested in a non-legislative solution, GM spokesman Greg Martin said in an e-mail today. We want to move forward, and were trying to address congressional concerns.
Neither Martin nor Chrysler spokesman John Bozzella, who also acknowledged the talks, knew of any specific proposal under discussion.
But a congressional leader involved in these discussions and other conversations with the administrations automobile task force said that the White House also may be open to a compromise.
Im confident the White House will be open to some kind of deal, Van Hollen, D-Md., the No. 6 Democrat in the House, said in an interview. Im sure theyd like to resolve this issue.
Treasury spokeswoman Meg Reilly declined comment today. The Treasury Department oversees the auto task force.
The search for a compromise on dealer closings by the administration, GM and Chrysler comes as legislation has unexpectedly picked up steam in the House and Senate.