WASHINGTON — General Motors Corp. Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner emerged Thursday from a six-hour hearing before the Senate Banking Committee optimistic that a deal can be reached in Congress to help his company survive a critical cash shortage.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Wagoner said many of the questions and suggestions from committee members were compatible with the viability plan GM submitted to Congress this week in an effort to obtain up to $18 billion in federal loans.

“It’s certainly early for me to guess how this might come out and what specific conditions might be attached, but our own plan suggested that conditions be attached because we thought that was going to be necessary to get everything done,” Wagoner said.

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