WASHINGTON -- The House today passed legislation that would give up to 2,150 rejected General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group dealerships access to neutral arbitration of their appeals for reinstatement, using criteria more favorable than that planned by the two automakers.
The 221-202 vote was on legislation consolidating six spending bills, one of which contained the dealer arbitration provision.
The Senate is likely to vote on the bill by early next week, said a spokesman for Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin. Durbin. The Illinois Democrat worked with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md, to help craft the dealer provision.
If passed by the Senate as expected, the legislation would go to President Barack Obama for his signature.
Once Obama signs the bill, GM and Chrysler will have 30 days to notify eligible dealerships of their arbitration rights and tell them of the criteria used to target them for termination.