WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama on Friday asked Congress to provide 30 billion dollars to help small businesses still choked by recession. The White House send draft legislation to lawmakers to supplement aid from states that are struggling with massive budget shortfalls. Obama said the cash would help increase the flow of credit to small companies that were hit hard by the decline in lending that followed the financial crisis. He first called for the fund in his January State of the Union address. Im proposing that we take 30 billion dollars of the money Wall Street banks have repaid and use it to help community banks give small businesses the credit they need to stay afloat, he said then. So far around 185 billion of the 700 billion dollar bailout has been replayed to the government. Many of the biggest US banks have repaid billions of dollars they borrowed from the state-run Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) established to bail out the financial industry on the verge of collapse from the financial crisis.