Partisan squabbling is threatening to derail legislation to reform the bankruptcy code this year.

The fighting is likely to erupt publicly at Thursday's markup of Rep. George Gekas' needs-based bill in the House Judiciary Committee's commercial and administrative law subcommittee. The Pennsylvania Republican, chairman of the panel, is pushing a formula that would determine which debtors must use Chapter 11 and repay at least some unsecured credit.

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