Congressman complains of UAW's absence at auto bailout hearing

The United Auto Workers (UAW) should be made to testify before a hearing this morning on the government's assistance for the auto industry, the lone lawmaker on the panel overseeing the bailout programs said Monday.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), the lone serving member of Congress and Republican appointee to the Congressional Oversight Panel monitoring the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), called the auto union's absence at a hearing in Detroit on the bailouts for Chrysler and General Motors "outrageous."

"The UAW came before Congress and pleaded for billions of taxpayer assistance. Their ownership stakes in Chrysler and GM look suspicious at best and like sweetheart deals at worst," Hensarling said in a statement about today's hearing. "It's outrageous they would benefit from the taxpayers' money and then refuse to testify about it."

The hearing, taking place at Wayne State University in the heart of Detroit, will hear testimony from representatives of Chrysler and GM, as well as the head of President Obama's Auto Task Force.