A couple of remarkably long days of deliberations on regulatory relief legislation last week gave the Washington banking community some new insights into the mix of people and politics on the House Banking Committee.

While the committee's work on the 91 listed amendments officially began with a half-day of votes a week from last Friday, the brunt of the labor was spread over Tuesday and Wednesday - both of which stretched for more than 14 long, often excruciating hours.

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