Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd said Tuesday that he continues to hope for a strong bipartisan regulatory reform bill, but he offered no fresh details on developments in negotiations.
After meeting behind closed doors with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the Connecticut Democrat said the talks remained positive but complicated. He also implied he is no closer to agreeing with the panel's top GOP member, Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, whose support could help pave the way for a strong bipartisan vote in the Senate. "Whether or not we can get together on a strong bill with strong bipartisan support — I'd like to get there if I can," Dodd told reporters. "I'm still hopeful we can. It's as hard a thing as I've ever been engaged in. It's terribly complicated."