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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

 2:12 PM 

Janesville-area delegation meets with GM

Members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation met Wednesday afternoon on Capitol Hill with officials from General Motors to make their case for the embattled car company to maintain its presence in the Badger State as it retools in the wake of its massive reorganization.

"We felt that we got a lot of good information and we're looking forward to continuing our efforts," said U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Milwaukee.

"Each of us made the case for Janesville. We know how important this is to our community," said U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville.

Following the meeting, Kohl, Ryan, U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Middleton and and U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, released a joint statement on the meeting, which included Troy Clarke, Head of GM's North American Division, and Tim Lee, Vice President of Manufacturing for General Motors.

"During our meeting with the executives from GM, we reiterated the strength and determination of Wisconsin's workforce in Rock County. We made it clear that workers in Janesville are eager and well prepared to help GM retool itself with this new line of small, more fuel-efficient cars," the statement read. "We appreciated the opportunity to speak directly to the executives and we will continue to work together to do all we can on behalf of Rock County and workers throughout Wisconsin."

Listen to the lawmakers' comments following the meeting here.

- David M. Drucker


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