Schumer Pushes for 'Car Czar' Appt. Early Next Week

Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerReid: 'I have set the Senate' for nuclear option Immigration was barely covered in the debates GOP leaders advise members to proceed with caution on Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) is pressing for Congress to create a 'car czar' position by early next week to guide a bailout process for the Big Three.

Schumer sent a letter to colleagues today pushing the idea, which he forwarded at yesterday's Senate Banking Committee hearing where the CEOs of GM, Ford, and Chrysler testified. The so-called czar, under Schumer's plan, would guide restructuring talks with the companies and disburse bailout funds.

The czar would also be empowered to offer a government guarantee on car warranties.

GM and the Government Accountability Office have each proposed that Congress grant oversight authority to a board, rather than an individual.

See a copy of Schumer's letter below:

December 5, 2008

Dear Colleague,

At yesterday