WASHINGTON — Legislation to beef up consumer protections in credit card and overdraft programs is picking up momentum as the political fallout from a string of bailouts puts bankers increasingly on the defensive.

The House financial institutions subcommittee plans to begin discussion today of two bills introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., that would rein in card practices and overdraft programs, and it is eyeing May 1 as a potential day for a subcommittee vote.

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