WASHINGTON — Sens. Bob Corker and Mark Warner, key players in crafting a bipartisan regulatory reform bill, acknowledged Wednesday what has become increasingly clear as negotiations have dragged on: striking a deal has proved more tedious and complicated than expected.

Still, both lawmakers reiterated that a deal with Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd is within reach. Corker, a Tennessee Republican, said much of what the media has said about a compromise bill is wrong, and that observers should withhold judgment until lawmakers reveal a final deal.

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