Notwithstanding a bit of internal dissent and confusion, Democrats want to pass a Wall Street reform bill sooner rather than later. They have a lot on their plate, they say, are pleased with the bill as it is, and it's high time, in their view, to move on.
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GOP leaders, by contrast, wouldn't mind keeping the bill on the floor for another two weeks. They say they oppose most of the key sections of the bill as they're currently written, yet just about every time they try to change them in any significant way, Democrats band together to block them.
That dynamic could set the parties on a collision course much like the one they found themselves on a few weeks ago, which resulted in brief but dramatic GOP efforts to block debate on the bill altogether.