Republicans signaled Wednesday they may try to block the release of the remaining $350 billion of funds for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), criticizing Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's failure to establish clear goals and accountability for the funds spent to date.

In a letter to Paulson and Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, House Minority Leader John Boehner and 11 other senior Republicans demanded that the officials explain the government's exit strategy for its interference in the private sector.

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