WASHINGTON — The debate about how big a bank needs to be before it poses a threat to the economy heated up again Thursday as lawmakers battled over the $50 billion systemic threshold imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act.

During a Senate Banking Committee hearing on the issue, Republicans supported Chairman Richard Shelby's efforts to raise the threshold to $500 billion of assets.

Subscribe Now

Access to authoritative analysis and perspective and our data-driven report series.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.