WASHINGTON - Negotiations between the White House and Senate Republicans over bankruptcy reform legislation stalled this week, further dimming the prospects that an agreement will be reached before Congress adjourns early next month.

The White House formally rejected a Republican proposal Monday, saying it did not go far enough in several areas important to the White House. Specifically, the administration said it wants the bill to contain broader consumer protections from abusive check collection practices and to explicitly prevent abortion clinic attackers from filing for bankruptcy to escape court penalties.

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