WASHINGTON - House Banking Committee Chairman Jim Leach predicted Tuesday that the House will pass several banking bills this year, but that the Senate will wrap them into a single bill that would not be voted on until late in the session.Although the Iowa Republican did not elaborate, sources said the reason is that Senate Republicans are worried that banking bills could become magnets for amendments to toughen consumer privacy protections in the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999.

His remarks came during a hearing on three bills intended to reduce systemic risk in financial markets.

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