GM Files For Bankruptcy

By David Thomas  on June 1, 2009

At 11:55 a.m. EDT today President Barack Obama will announce the government's plan for the future of GM. The company filed for bankruptcy Chapter 11 protection this morning in a New York court. The government will pledge $30 billion in additional funds to support the company during the bankruptcy protection and will likely continue its backing of new car warranties. We'll have more on the bankruptcy throughout the day including what products will likely be impacted.

GM's Board of Directors official statement regarding the bankruptcy filing is posted below.

Attributable to Kent Kresa, Chairman:

“The General Motors Board of Directors authorized the filing of a chapter 11 case with regret that this path proved necessary despite the best efforts of so many. Today marks a new beginning for General Motors. A court-supervised process and transfer of assets will enable a New GM to emerge as a stronger, healthier, more focused and nimbler company with a determination not to just survive but to excel. The Board concluded that the proposed transformation will maximize the value of the enterprise, and the return to the many stakeholders who have been involved with GM over the years.

We are appreciative of the support from the U.S. Treasury, the President’s Task Force on Autos, the UAW and its members, salaried employees and retirees, concurring bondholders, and very importantly, the American taxpayers. The Board is confident that this New GM can operate successfully in the intensely competitive U.S. market and around the world. The Board stands behind the people of GM in embracing this unique opportunity to create value and a new company that will design, engineer, build and market the best cars and trucks in world.”

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