Senate panel to continue 'too big to fail' debate

The hearing comes as members of Congress remain highly skeptical that "too big to fail" is an issue that has been addressed, despite the fact that big players on Wall Street and the White House insist the financial reform law has established the tools to bring an end to potential bailouts.

Lawmakers in both parties have contended that the nation's biggest banks, which have only grown larger since the financial crisis, still enjoy privileged status due to their size and influence, and that more needs to be done to address the matter. Sens. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownScott Garrett poses real threat to EXIM Bank, small businesses Class warfare fight erupts over tax bills Senators Hatch, Brown have heated exchange on GOP tax plan MORE (D-Ohio) and David VitterDavid VitterQuestions loom over Franken ethics probe You're fired! Why it's time to ditch the Fed's community banker seat Overnight Energy: Trump set to propose sharp cuts to EPA, energy spending MORE (R-La.), both members of the committee, have pushed legislation that would impose harsher regulations on the biggest banks, in an effort to further address the issue.

Meanwhile, the House Financial Services Committee rolled out its hearing slate for the first half of July on Wednesday. The highlight will be a July 17 full committee hearing with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, where he will deliver the central bank's semiannual report on monetary policy. Bernanke will likely face tough questioning from Republicans on the panel, who continue to be skeptical of the Fed's unprecedented efforts to boost the economy through novel monetary policy moves.

Bernanke roiled markets in June when he told reporters that the Fed was beginning to develop an exit strategy from its massive investments in the bond market. The indication that Fed stimulus could be wrapping up in the coming months led to the worst days on the stock market of the year, and several follow-up remarks from Fed officials in an effort to tamp down concerns.