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WASHINGTON — Supporters of a federal law that would require financial institutions, including credit unions, to block transactions involving Internet gambling faced contentious questioning as regulators and financial institution representatives testified at a hearing designed to look into the law and its regulations.

But credit union industry executives present at the hearing were cheered to hear Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, reassure them that, in his view, Congress will be unwilling to go along with the Treasury Department recommendations to overhaul the regulatory scheme that would eliminate the credit union charter.

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