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Tonight we answered another one of your questions about unemployment benefits.

A viewer Tweeted, "Extend the benefits but pay for them TARP money."

CBS News Senior White House correspondent Bill Plante says that's not possible. "They'd have to change the law. There's plenty of TARP money, $194 billion has been paid back - and the government has earned $23 billion in interest. But, they have to use that money to pay down the deficit. So they'd have to change the law to pay unemployment benefits with it."

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