The US senate has passed a spending bill on Saturday the in turn, will end a 26-year ban on offshore oil drilling. This will subsidize federal loans for automakers and offer aid to Gulf Coast hurricane disaster victims. The spending bill includes $25 billion in loan guarantees for automakers. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/27/senate-passes-600-billion-spending-bill/ This should give GM and Ford more time before they go under. I hope they added rules to limit executive and union leaders pay.