Last week's aborted coup against House Speaker Newt Gingrich complicates the outlook for financial modernization legislation.

One victim of the fallout may be Rep. John Boehner, chairman of the Republican Conference and one of the party's top five lawmakers. More important for bankers, the Ohio Republican heads the House's task force on financial modernization-a group created by Rep. Gingrich in January to broker a reform deal between the House Banking and Commerce committees.

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