WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives is beginning an afternoon of debate on whether to put itself on record in favor of increased congressional influence on the Federal Reserve, the most direct effort yet by lawmakers to impinge on decades of increased central bank independence.

Riding a confluence of several anti-Fed themes including post-crisis anger, Tea Party antipathy and some Republican perceptions that Fed quantitative easing is helping President Barack Obama, the House will vote on the measure Wednesday with a good chance of passage.

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