Obama monitoring Detroit after bankruptcy filing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it’s standing by Detroit after it became the biggest city in America to file for bankruptcy.

Spokeswoman Amy Brundage says President Barack Obama and senior advisers are monitoring the situation.

Brundage adds that while Michigan leaders and the city’s creditors understand their responsibility to solve Detroit’s financial problems, the White House will continue to partner with Detroit as it tries to recover and maintain its status as one of America’s great cities.

Thursday’s filing in federal bankruptcy court was approved by Gov. Rick Snyder. The move puts the city on an uncertain path that could lead to layoffs of city workers, the sale of city assets, higher fees and cuts in such services as trash and snow removal.

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