WASHINGTON — In an impressive show of force, roughly three-fourths of House lawmakers signed a bipartisan letter that calls on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to take more steps to carve out community banks and credit unions from onerous regulations.

The letter comes at a time when partisan tensions are so high that members of Congress can barely agree what day it is — but it's not clear it will have much sway with the CFPB, which claims it already tries to lessen the impact of regulations on smaller institutions.

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