WASHINGTON - Ohio's U.S. senators urged colleagues Thursday to quickly pass a package that would help domestic automakers stay in business.
 
Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Lorain in northern Ohio, attended the Senate Banking Committee hearing with the heads of Ford Motor Co., Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corp.

Brown told reporters that he believes the automakers' plans for spending the funds has "met that test" for protecting taxpayer money.

"Now I believe it's our turn," Brown said. "The consequences of inaction are clear. If we do nothing, there will be a cascading of bankruptcies."

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