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Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-CT) answers reporters' questions during a news conference at the U.S. Captiol March 11, 2010 in Washington, DC. Dodd said that despite months of work with Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and other members of the GOP, he will introduce financial regulation reform without the endorsement of any Republicans on the committee.
Fresh from a two-week spring break, the Senate returns to a push from President Obama for a financial overhaul bill drafted by Senate Banking Chairman Christopher Dodd. The legislation was prompted by the Wall Street meltdown of 2008; the changes to financial regulations would be the most dramatic since the New Deal. One of the most contentious components of the bill would create a new consumer-protection division within the Federal Reserve. The Dems need the support of at least one Republican in order to reach 60 votes. Will the GOP be on board?
Neil Irwin, National Economy Correspondent, Washington Post
Alex J. Pollock, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Heather Booth, Executive Director, Americans for Financial Reform