WASHINGTON -- The powerful senior citizens lobby is protesting the interstate branching bill, but its influence may be offset by a a group of 10 key Democrats who are urging quick floor action.

"We're very disappointed that there aren't any consumer protections in the bill," said Kent Brunette, legislative representative for the American Association of Retired Persons. "Offering basic banking services and government check cashing could come at a modest price for bankers."

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