WASHINGTON — When the chief executives of eight of the nation's largest financial institutions travel to Capitol Hill to testify before a House panel Wednesday, tamping down growing public outrage will be among their goals.

It's clear the industry has lost support in Congress, where Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., recently branded bankers "a bunch of idiots." House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, who will lead Wednesday's hearing, told reporters last week that he has bluntly conveyed the anger to executives.

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