WASHINGTON — Key Senate Republicans on Thursday sought to scrap a proposal in the financial bill that would prevent clearinghouses and banks that deal in swaps from being eligible for federal financial assistance.

Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Republican Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., along with Senate Banking Committee members Judd Gregg, R-N.H., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., hope their amendment to strike the measure from the broader bill will be considered as the U.S. Senate continues to debate and vote on amendments to the sweeping financial overhaul.

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