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Government Sells Remaining Stake In GM

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DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. government no longer owns part of General Motors.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says the government sold its remaining shares in the automaker on Tuesday.

The government lost $10.5 billion on its bailout of GM. But Lew says the rescue was necessary to save 1 million jobs and stop the American auto industry from collapsing.

The government got 912 million GM shares, or 60.8 percent of the company, in exchange for a $49.5 billion bailout during the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009. It recovered $39 billion of the money.

"When things looked darkest for our most iconic industry, we bet on what was true: the ingenuity and resilience of the proud, hardworking men and women who make this country strong.  Today, that bet has paid off.  The American auto industry is back," said President Barack Obama in a press release.

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