As time was running out Wednesday for lawmakers to reach a financial reform compromise, industry lobbyists were scratching their heads to figure out what is in the deal-or whether there really is one.

The House Banking and Commerce committees were still working furiously early Wednesday afternoon to meet the March 4 deadline that House Speaker Newt Gingrich set last week. Republican leaders want a bill that would merge the banking, insurance, and securities industries to reach the floor by April 2.

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