WASHINGTON (AP) -- The mayor of Lansing, Michigan, says the auto industry is indispensable to America's national security and the government must save it.
Virg Bernero tells "The Early Show" on CBS that if the auto industry is allowed to "fall by the wayside," the U.S. would have to rely on other nations like China, Japan and South Korea to make guns and tanks in a new war scenario.
Bernero says America has been "the arsenal of democracy."
The mayor went on to say that auto industry executives are "certainly very hopeful" that they'll get a better reception this time around in Congress.
He also says the companies do not oppose "some conditions and some strings" to any such loan package.
The Big Three automakers are submitting their restructuring plans to Congress today.