WASHINGTON — The findings of a committee formed to probe the causes of the financial crisis could gain more importance as the debate over regulatory reform stalls on Capitol Hill.

Lawmakers wary of quickly enacting reform could point to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which holds its first public meeting today, and argue that Congress should await the panel's December 2010 final report before acting. As the reform effort loses momentum, observers said such a scenario is growing more likely.

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