WASHINGTON — A plan by Rep. Jeb Hensarling to repeal the Community Reinvestment Act reignited a heated debate at a House subcommittee hearing on Thursday on the 33-year-old law's role in the financial crisis.

The Texas Republican, the lead GOP member on the financial institutions subcommittee, introduced a bill to roll back the CRA at the start of the hearing, arguing it was a partial cause of the housing crisis and was the source of excessive compliance costs for banks.

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