Cue the angels! General Motors reports that it has received the second installment of the $13.4 billion government loan that it was promised by former President Bush late last month. Sure, it may have arrived a few days late, leading GM's coffer-keepers to anxiously check their mailboxes every few minutes, but it showed up with time to spare before The General ran out of funds to pay the bills on March 31st.

For those keeping track, GM's total draw from the bridge loan so far rings the taxpayers' registers to the tune of $9.4 billion, leaving $4B still to come at a later date. In order to keep the money, GM must go back to Congress by February 17th with a full progress report detailing how it is fairing in reducing its current $28 billion in debt.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]