Big Three survival money requests rise as high as $34B

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 | 10:51 p.m. CST; updated 9:41 a.m. CST, Thursday, December 11, 2008

WASHINGTON – Humbled and fighting for survival, Detroit's once-mighty automakers appealed to Congress on Tuesday with a retooled case for emergency funding in the amount of as much as $34 billion, pledging to slash work forces, car lines and executive pay in return for a federal lifeline. General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC said they needed immediate cash infusions to last until New Year's, and warned they could drag the entire industry down if they should fail.