Rep. Jim Leach criticized a group of big banks for locking themselves into an "impractical" position on insurance powers and said he's ready to move his Glass-Steagall bill without their consent.

The House Banking Committee chairman appears to have lost patience with the negotiations that his staff has been conducting with the Bankers Roundtable and a variety of insurance interests. His latest comments could increase pressure on the Roundtable to compromise with the insurance industry.

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