A section of the Republican "Contract with America" that prohibits proxy voting could produce a lot more work for bank lobbyists.

The House rule, adopted the first day of the new Congress, requires all lawmakers to be physically present during a roll call vote. The days of passing along a slip of paper with a scrawled "aye" or "nay" are over. Even if lobbyists think they have the votes to ensure passage of a measure, they still must see to it that the lawmakers actually show up.

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