As Congress begins an intense three-week session, economic issues will be among the key items on lawmakers’ agendas this week.

The House Banking Committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday on legislation that would devise a system to rescue large companies that are deemed “too big to fail.” Credit unions dodged a bullet two weeks ago when, despite the opposition of Chairman Barney Frank, the panel approved an amendment exempting financial institutions with assets of $50 billion or less from having to contribute to a fund that would finance such rescue efforts. Frank had postponed the vote on Nov. 19 because of concerns by the 10 committee members who are members of the Congressional Black Caucus about the impact of the Obama administration’s economic policies on minority and middle class communities.

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