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He's Out! Brown Says He's A No On Financial Reform

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Between Brown's change of heart, Robert Byrd's death, and Russ Feingold's insistence that he'll oppose the legislation, Democrats need to sweep the remaining swing votes--Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Susan Collins (R-ME)--to reach the filibuster-breaking threshold of 60. Last night, Collins told reporters she too is undecided because of the bank fee.

Brown's change of heart comes after the White House and key Democratic legislators worked with him to include a significant loophole in one of the financial reform bill's key provisions. You can read the letter in full here.

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