WASHINGTON — Passing a regulatory reform bill through the House was a bruising, months-long fight that appeared ready to spin out of control. That battle may pale in comparison to the legislation's progress through the Senate.

After a rebuke by his fellow Democratic colleagues for attempting to push through reform legislation along party lines, Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd is now attempting to craft a bipartisan bill. He has little time to waste. With midterm elections expected to distract lawmakers later in the year, observers agree Dodd will have to move quickly to cut deals in order to build momentum back for his legislation.

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