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Michigan's congressional Democrats are working to find ways to get more existing federal funds to Detroit following the city's bankruptcy filing.

The White House has said it has no plans to provide a federal bailout.

The Detroit News reports, however, that Michigan's congressional Democrats plan to meet Thursday as part of an effort to generate more federal money for the city and find long-term solutions to help struggling cities.

The newspaper says one idea might be to look for money for Detroit through existing funding for transportation, blight removal, housing and public safety. Democratic Congressman Sander Levin says they want to see "if there is an appropriate federal role."

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