The Senate Banking Committee scrapped a highly anticipated hearing scheduled for Thursday with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

That marks the second time in a week Paulson's appearance has been cancelled.

The committee declined to say why Thursday's hearing was put off. Paulson irked Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) by cancelling a Tuesday appearance. Lawmakers are eager to press the secretary about the government's unprecedented efforts to stabilize Wall Street.

- Manu Raju