US could tap $700 billion financial-rescue fund to keep automakers afloat temporarily.
US automakers are likely to get $15 billion in federal loans, but lawmakers insist on industry restructuring.
Lawmakers say bankruptcy for Detroit's Big Three is 'not a viable option.'
In the South, host to foreign-owned plants, there is little sympathy held for Detroit.
Long dependent on auto manufacturing, the state and its cities are bracing for even deeper budget cuts.
Their CEOs visit Washington, trying a second time to win lawmaker approval for an auto industry bailout.
Workers and residents worry that one of the Big Three might not make it.
For many lawmakers of both parties, it may be one costly bailout too many.