Business
6:27 am
Tue June 23, 2009

Obama wants new council to help auto industry

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is creating a White House council to handle issues that affect American communities and workers tied to the automotive industry.

The White House says Obama will sign an executive order Tuesday to establish the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers. The council will be chaired by the president's economic adviser, Larry Summers, and his labor secretary, Hilda Solis.

The executive director will be Obama's director of recovery for auto communities and workers, Ed Montgomery.

Vice President Joe Biden is traveling to Perrysburg, Ohio, to announce the committee's creation.

The recession has been particularly hard on the auto industry, which has lost more than 400,000 jobs in the last decade.