> -- Paulson says bold approach needed to end crisis
Friday September 19, 10:24 am ET
By Jeannine Aversa and Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press Writers
Paulson says he, congressional leaders will work through weekend on bold
plan to end crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Friday sketched the
outlines of a bold approach to confront the nation's financial crisis.
"We're talking hundreds of billions" of dollars, he said.
Paulson said he would work through the weekend with congressional leaders to
reach agreement on a plan that would address the root problems of the
financial crisis gripping the country.
"This needs to be big enough to make a real difference and get to the heart
of the problem," he told reporters at the Treasury Department.
Paulson said that the new troubled-asset relief program that he wants
Congress to enact must be large enough to have the necessary effect while
protecting taxpayers as much as possible.
"I am convinced that this bold approach will cost American families far less
than the alternative -- a continuing series of financial institution
failures and frozen credit markets unable to fund economic expansion,"
"The financial security of all Americans ... depends on our ability to
restore our financial institutions to a sound footing," Paulson said.