Prompted by last week's Supreme Court ruling that national banks can sell insurance nationwide, House Rules Committee Chairman Gerald Solomon wants to ban the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency permanently from authorizing new bank insurance powers.

"The Supreme Court's Barnett decision only reinforces the need for congressional action," the New York Republican wrote in a memo to House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other Republican leaders last week. "Congressional prerogatives in this area should not be displaced by the reckless activities of the Comptroller."

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