Thousands of people in Northeast Ohio could lose their jobs and dozens of small companies could close if the auto industry doesn't get help from the government soon, economists and business leaders warned Monday.
 
Lawmakers urged the Bush administration to use part of a $700 billion bailout plan to save autoworkers' jobs and bolster local economies that depend on them.

"If we stand aside and do nothing, the pain is much greater than if we do this bailout," U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said at a news conference Monday in Cleveland.

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