Reed Hints at GOP Senators Who Might Back Financial Reform

Washington insiders' publication The Hill reports that Senator Jack Reed, in an appearance on MSNBC this morning, hinted at some of the Republicans who might break ranks with GOP leadership and pass finance reform:

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) floated the names of Senate GOP colleagues on Friday who might break ranks on financial regulatory reform.

Reed, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, hinted that Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Bob Corker (Tenn.) and Judd Gregg (N.H.) might be among the Republicans who could end up voting with Democrats to advance financial regulatory reform legislation.

"I hope that, among the Republicans, there are some people who want to support consumers and the American public," Reed said during an appearance on MSNBC. "We've had some consideration and people like Judd Gregg, Bob Corker, Susan Collins, and there are others. And I just hope we have those votes."

Reed has been a central figure in the development of a complex financial reform package, lauded in some corners as an important step forward and criticized elsewhere as overly tame. But the senator's role in what is now the marquee fight on Capitol Hill has received scant coverage in the ProJo or other Rhode Island media outlets.

This is complex stuff for a shrinking media. The ProJo has a single reporter in Washington and plenty to cover in terms of local economic woe. But the story demands serious reporting. 

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