One of Dodd's colleagues on the banking committee, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) told reporters yesterday that Republicans made a "major strategic error" by refusing to support financial regulation legislation. That bill has now passed out of committee with no Republican votes or input.
"I don't think people realize that this is an issue that almost every American wants to see passed," Corker said.
Today, Dodd said that Corker isn't alone.
"People like him and others are tired of being told to just say no to everything," he said.
Dodd said yesterday that health care "strengthened our hand" and made him more optimistic about passing financial reform.
Additional reporting by Brian Beutler