In several different venues Friday morning, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner defended the administration's decision not to offer a full-fledged plan for the future of the housing market, insisting that Congress had only asked for an array of options.Within minutes of the administration's release of a 31-page white paper on reform options, which did not endorse a single approach and left vague some key details on how to proceed, critics accused President Obama of shirking his responsibility on the issue. But Geithner said that the administration wants more Congressional input before it proceeds.

"Congress asked us to lay options, not to give them a final plan," Geithner said on CNBC. "We think it's important for the people in Congress that ultimately have to legislate to get more deeply in the relative merits of those choices and what we do in the report is to narrow those options."

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