WASHINGTON - Senate leaders were on the verge of a surprise breakthrough on bankruptcy reform legislation on Monday.Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott reportedly offered a compromise to Minority Leader Thomas A. Daschle involving two controversial amendments. As always with this roller-coaster legislation, it was unclear whether the two sides would reach an agreement and avoid a procedural showdown scheduled for today that threatened to derail the legislation.

But supporters were optimistic about a deal and hoped it would propel the Senate to vote on the remaining amendments and final passage by late Wednesday.

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