When President Bush announced a government loan to General Motors and Chrysler last week, he called for the end of the jobs bank program, which provides benefits and partial wages for laid-off employees.
General Motors and Chrysler stand to receive $17.4 billion in federal loans if they can restructure their businesses toward profitability.
U.S. Senator Evan Bayh was in southern Indiana Thursday to talk about the economy.
With the heads of the Big Three automakers in Washington asking for financial assistance, local United Auto Workers union members are encouraging Congress to approve loans for the companies.