The Senate just broke the Republican filibuster of financial reform, with the bare minimum of 60 votes required. That is the final hurdle to passage of the long-awaited reform bill (almost two years after the September 2008 financial meltdown began). The final vote, which only requires a simple majority to pass, is expected later today. That will make it official, but the vote just now was the critical one.
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