Obama to propose $200 billion for jobs creation

Administration officials say the president will urge Congress to reallocate some funds from last year's financial rescue package to support the job market.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama will propose using $200 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to support creating jobs, White House officials confirmed Monday.

The president, in an economic speech before the Brookings Institution on Tuesday, will argue that the money would be well spent by funding projects to build bridges and roads, weatherize homes, and provide other assistance for small businesses as well as the unemployed.

Congress in October 2008 authorized President George W. Bush's plan for $700 billion for TARP to bail out the nation's largest banks and financial institutions. But the banks have been repaying their loans faster than expected, so the government finds itself with untapped TARP money that it potentially could use for other domestic programs.

Congress is split over whether this is a good idea, with many Republicans preferring to use the bailout money to reduce the federal deficit.

In a blog previewing the president's speech, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said, "We don't think there is one silver bullet, one plan, one speech or a singular piece of legislation that alone will solve double digit unemployment. And the president's speech will not represent the totality of our plans for continued economic recovery." To top of page

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