WASHINGTON — The drive to give the government the power to unwind systemically important nonbanks gained more momentum Tuesday after Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke suggested offering such authority to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

In response to questions from lawmakers at a House Financial Services Committee hearing, Bernanke said a proposed systemic risk regulator did not need to be the same agency that has resolution powers. "The FDIC or some other body could be in charge of resolution and deal with those specific issues."

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