The U.S. Treasury must seek Congressional approval if it wants to funnel some of its $700 billion bailout fund to jobs programs that do not involve financial services firms as intermediaries, a key overseer said on Wednesday.
Elizabeth Warren, chairman of the Congressional Oversight Panel, told CNBC television that the Obama administration cannot simply spend TARP funds "in a jobs program somewhere else."
The panel earlier on Wendesday released a report criticizing TARP for failing to adequately address the home foreclosure crisis and the contraction in credit in the U.S.economy.
"It is not simply a slush fund that can be used on anything anyone wants to do, no matter how worthy," Warren said of TARP.
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