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The Treasury Department says it authorized the payments on Friday, bringing the total supplied to banks to $165.3 billion.
That leaves less than $85 billion to be spent out of the $250 billion that has been earmarked to make direct purchases of stock in banks as a way of bolstering their balance sheets and encouraging them to resume more normal lending.
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