Conservatives, resisting big government outlays on principle, begin to build the case for other options.
Congress's rescue of financial institutions may prove the exception, as automakers learned last week.
The bank's struggles suggest government measures have not stemmed market uncertainty.
An auto bailout, a second stimulus package, and foreclosure help are on hold as Washington awaits the new administration.
For many lawmakers of both parties, it may be one costly bailout too many.
A government mired in debt combined with a recession will make the path to recovery difficult for the president-elect.
The Treasury may back risky mortgages and include other industries in its financial rescue effort.
The TARP covers financial institutions, but average Americans are still waiting for help.
A bond sale this week will test whether private capital can meet California's shortfall.
In essence, Congress is telling him to create his own financial recovery plan.