Sebelius Supports Auto Bailout Package

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas congressional delegation should support development of a relief package for the nation's struggling automobile manufacturers, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Friday.

More than 60,000 jobs in Kansas are tied to the survival of Detroit's Big Three car builders, Sebelius said.

The House approved a $14 billion package of aid, but the Senate blocked action on the deal.

The Kansas delegation was evenly split on the bailout. Democratic Reps. Nancy Boyda and Dennis Moore voted for the House plan, while GOP Reps. Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt voted against it.

In the Senate, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., voted to close the door on the automobile company legislation. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., voted to keep debating various plans to help the industry.

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