Frank calls for C-SPAN hearings of Wall Street conference committee

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on Wednesday asked C-SPAN to televise the public hearings of final negotiations on the Wall Street overhaul package.

House and Senate lawmakers will meet this month to hash out differences in a conference agreement on the 1,500-page bill. Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has pushed for C-SPAN to cover the conference process in full.

C-SPAN is airing the opening hearing. Frank asked for the rest of the hearings to be televised as well.

"As we move forward, I urge you to provide the necessary resources to ensure that the American people are able to watch the public portions and the voting of the conference committee," Frank said in a letter to Brian Lamb, chairman and CEO of C-SPAN. "I believe it is vital that after the financial crisis of 2008, the American people are able to view the public proceedings."