H.R. 2743, the Automobile Dealer Economic Rights Restoration Act of 2009, has 230 co-sponsors. The CRS summary:
Requires the appropriate manufacturer to restore the franchise agreement between the dealers and Chrysler LLC or General Motors that was in effect prior to the commencement of their respective bankruptcy cases, and to take assignment of such agreements.
One of the companies' problems is an antiquated dealer network, long protected by state laws, that siphons money from both consumers and manufacturers.
The information revolution, the Internet, and the rise of overnight delivery have created a desperate need to re-structure, something that would readily occur by private contract absent the meddling of governments. So Congress is announcing that wherever the power of the Federal Government extends, no such industrial restructuring will occur.