Almost on the eve of Senate consideration of bankruptcy reform, key lawmakers are finalizing compromises that could smooth passage of the controversial legislation.

Sen. Robert G. Torricelli, D-N.J., is expected to introduce an amendment that would require credit card companies to give customers a standard example of how long it would take someone to pay off a given balance -- for instance, $1,000 of principal at a 17% annual interest rate -- by making minimum monthly payments.

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