March 31st, 2011
05:55 PM ET

Profitable bank bailout program “unfortunate”

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The controversial bank bailout program may have saved some financial institutions from crumbling, but a Treasury official said the rescue plan was actually “unfortunate.”

Speaking to a small group of reporters, Timothy Massad, Treasury Acting Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability said “it’s never fair to have to use taxpayer dollars to rescue any institution.”

“It’s terrible that we had to do this.”

Massad stressed the massive taxpayer investment was necessary in order to prevent another great depression, but hoped it would not be an option in the future.

“We have now reformed our regulatory system,” he said. “That gives us the tools to avoid having to do this again.”

On Wednesday, the Treasury Department revealed that its bank bailout, part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) is becoming profitable.


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