on financial reform gave way to chaos Friday, leaving the bill's fate in limbo for at least a few more days.

To be sure, the 66-member panel resolved several major sticking points last week. On Friday it approved the long-sought compromise between the Federal Reserve Board and the Treasury Department over powers for bank subsidiaries. It also agreed to some compromises on bank securities powers, prompting Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt to endorse the legislation.

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