WASHINGTON - An impatient Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday prodded the Clinton administration into beginning negotiations on legislation that would authorize interstate branching but probably limit bank insurance powers.

Committee Chairman Donald W. Riegle Jr., D-Mich., said he wants his panel to vote on the bill Nov. 18 and the Senate to act next year. In a session shortened by elections and filled with major legislative issues, floor time will be tight next year, and delays could prove fatal, Sen. Riegle said.

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