WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday called into question the need for regulatory relief for small institutions, noting that they have continued to be profitable despite new rules under the Dodd-Frank Act.

While most lawmakers of both political parties typically equate helping community banks with apple pie and baseball in terms of their support, Warren signaled she has a different view. The Massachusetts Democrat warned that large banks are using smaller institutions for political cover to make changes to the 2010 financial reform law.

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