WASHINGTON -

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.

The White House released this statement Thursday:

"The President and members of the President’s senior team continue to closely monitor the situation in Detroit. While leaders on the ground in Michigan and the city’s creditors understand that they must find a solution to Detroit’s serious financial challenge, we remain committed to continuing our strong partnership with Detroit as it works to recover and revitalize and maintain its status as one of America's great cities."