WASHINGTON — Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd announced Thursday he would finish negotiating a bipartisan regulatory reform bill with Republican Sen. Bob Corker.

"For over a year, the Senate Banking Committee has been grappling with how best to address the many problems that led to the financial crisis," the Connecticut Democrat said in a press release. "In that time Senator Corker has proved to be a serious thinker and a valuable asset to this committee. For that reason, I called him Tuesday night and asked him to negotiate the financial reform bill with me. We met in my office on Wednesday, and given the importance of these issues, he agreed."

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