U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said he doesn't like the idea of a $34 billion federal bailout of the country's Big 3 automakers, but believes it is necessary to avoid further economic strife.

The Mansfield native spoke at Ashland University's John C. Myers Convocation Center on Friday to give an update on federal issues and how they are impacting area businesses and industry. He was the featured speaker at the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Luncheon.

Brown said a congressional vote on the auto bailout could come next week. Stipulations must accompany any package offered to General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC, according to the senator.

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