Congress announces financial commission members

Congressional leaders from both parties on Wednesday announced the 10 members who will form a high-profile commission to investigate the financial crisis.

Democrats named former California State Treasurer Phil Angelides to serve as chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Republicans named former Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas as vice chairman.

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Democrats named six members and Republicans nominated four to a panel that will have wide-ranging subpoena power to investigate the financial crisis and must release a report by Dec. 15, 2010. The panel is modeled on a similar commission that investigated the causes of the Great Depression, as well as the 9/11 Commission.

“The American people deserve nothing less than a full explanation of why so many people lost their homes, their life’s savings and their hard-earned pensions,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

The committee’s work will come as President Obama and Congress work to revamp financial regulations in a major overhaul that could see new federal agencies established and others lose significant authorities.

Pelosi named two panelists: Brooksley Born, former chairman of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and John Thompson, chairman of the board of directors of Symantec Corp.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama MORE (D-Nev.) named former Florida Sen. Bob Graham (D), Heather Murren, retired managing director at Merrill Lynch, and Byron Georgiou, president of Georgiou Enterprises, a company with a wide range of business interests that include real estate and carbon emission reduction projects.

House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery MORE (R-Ohio) named Peter Wallison, of the American Enterprise Institute. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-K.y.) named former Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Holtz-Eakin, who also was an adviser to Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE's (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign. McConnell also named former National Economic Council Director Keith Hennessey to serve on the commission.

“We in Congress must first understand the root cause of the problem before we act so we can be sure to enact policies that address the issue and strengthen our economy,” McConnell said in a statement.