WASHINGTON -- House lawmakers failed to craft a bill to fund the thrift cleanup before their August recess, so taxpayers must continue to pay about $3 million a day to cover the cost of operating defunct thrifts.

So far, House members have tried for eight weeks to cobble a bill to bring to the House floor that would give the White House money to finish the savings and loan bailout, which ultimately could cost taxpayers as much as $190 billion.

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