Agreement Reached on Financial Bailout

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional aides say a tentative agreement on a financial industry bailout gives the Bush administration just a fraction of the $700 billion it's requested up front, with half the money subject to a congressional veto.

Under the plan, the Treasury secretary would get $250 billion for the plan immediately and could have another $100 billion if he certifies it's needed.

The last $350 billion could be blocked by a vote of Congress.

The plan is designed to give lawmakers a stronger hand in controlling the unprecedented rescue plan.

Key Democrats and Republicans said they agreed in principle on the plan, but GOP leaders said there was no deal.

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