White House considers ownership stakes in banks - Yahoo! News Awesome. More good decisions by this administration's floundering. It's crises such as these that cause nations to change forever. ============ WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is considering taking ownership stakes in certain U.S. banks as an option for dealing with a severe global credit crisis. An administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no decision has been made, said the $700 billion rescue package passed by Congress last week allows the Treasury Department to inject fresh capital into financial institutions and get ownership shares in return.