After ending debate early Thursday, the Senate passed the most far-reaching financial regulatory bill since the Great Depression on a 59-39 vote. Passage was a top legislative priority for President Obama, who called the bill a major step for consumer protection. The sweeping measure is designed to close the regulatory gaps and end the speculative trading practices that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis. The package must now be reconciled with the bill adopted by the House in December. How will these reforms impact the way banks do business? Do the reform measures go too far or not far enough? And what will the result be for every day citizens?
Neil Irwin, National Economy Correspondent, Washington Post
James Gattuso, Senior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy at Heritage Foundation’s Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies
Heather Booth, Executive Director, Americans for Financial Reform