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What made history yesterday the city filed the largest municipal bankruptcy at a Detroit is -- and a half billion in debt can't borrow can't replay is the question.
Will President Obama make any -- -- by -- amount representative bill -- anger from Michigan Republican joins as now.
I'm taking this as a remote possibility.
A presidential -- it out but a possibility.
-- on the last how do you judge congressman.
Yeah I mean it might be a possibility that they attempt to do that I think they're probably will be some people calling for that however I think the likelihood is up pretty low.
Okay now you you you that you're in the comeback in the Detroit area I believe you've represented.
That's surrounding part of the trucks that corrects and I actually am on the other side of the state about about two hours away.
However I was in the state legislature or six years and dealt with that dealt with the -- extensively as chairman of the commerce committee and out what this has been an issue that's been sixty years in the making this is not something -- And it's time that we deal what.
Who's to who's primarily to blame.
I'm hearing that the unions get a lot of the blame here so too does the decline of the auto industry so too does population decline.
Well would you put your finger on blame.
It's all of the above win that with a lot of things that have happened in Detroit you know this is a city that at one point was one point eight million people.
It's now 700000.
And you can Trace -- out way way back and this this failure unfortunately has a lot of fathers what does the rest of Michigan think about this now I mean besides -- that's a great question yeah I it's it's a frustration for a lot of the -- state people -- and I've been trying to make sure that.
Those of us who are not from that direct Detroit area.
Are aren't doing they see we told you so.
This is a time to stand with the trite but it is a frustration over the years and I I'm glad that the governor and the emergency manager.
Are moving ahead with this -- it really can be viewed as I think.
You know the Phoenix can rise here this is a fresh start for Detroit.
And I hope by the people in Michigan look at it that way and the people of Detroit as well you say you get a stand with the city of Detroit.
But there's no way around its creditors to Detroit are gonna take a massive loss.
-- so we're probably.
All those 20000 retirees.
Not much you can do about that is that.
It's you know that important people to think got here Stewart are the citizens of Detroit.
The surrounding areas as well and frankly the citizens up all of Michigan.
Again when I was in the legislature we would pour millions and millions of dollars into Detroit.
That that's trying to resuscitated trying to improve it gamble when you've got 40% of all the street lights out you got.
58 minutes for police response you've got all these other infrastructure things that are either -- literally have been crumbling over the decades.
You've got to go in and fix those fans and it's gonna it's gonna take some tough decisions from everybody the unions the employees that the citizens and -- and the people of Michigan.
Congressman excited that the cities reached the end of the road in states hit a brick walls but -- the last question.
If you -- to vote on a bailout.
In DC -- DC bailout would you vote for it.
A direct bailout -- which I don't think it's going to be happening I couldn't go along with that as it's currently structured.
Our I think there's a difference between bailing out a state or or a city like this vs trying that -- some help to them so that might be a possibility of the way that we.
And structuring and and sort of ease the burden that they may have from the federal is some help with the financial help was not out of the question.
-- bill -- and got Republican Michigan thanks for joining us so we appreciate it.
Thanks Stuart appreciate it.
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