WASHINGTON - A House panel hearing on redwood trees was an improbable place to find two top federal banking regulators. And it was clear Tuesday that both Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Donna Tanoue and Office of Thrift Supervision Director Ellen Seidman preferred to be elsewhere.

But the two were forced by subpoena to sit before a task force of the House Resources Committee, where Chairman John T. Doolittle, R-Calif., accused the agencies of joining together "as part of a big-government agenda to acquire privately owned redwood trees."

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