President Obama said Tuesday he's confident Wall Street reform will pass.
"I'm confident that given the package that has been put together, that senators, hopefully on both sides of the aisle, recognize it’s time we put in place rules that prevent taxpayer bailouts and make sure that we don’t have a financial crisis that can tank the economy," Obama said after meeting with Fed chairman Ben Bernanke.
"And I think there’s going to be enough interest in moving reform forward that we’re going to get this done," he added.
Democrats have passed versions through both houses and emerged from conference committee with a final compromise. But the death of Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) has left Democrats one vote short in the Senate.
Obama said he has not thought about Byrd's death as it relates to a final vote on the legislation.
"Well, I’m concerned about the fact that a giant of the Senate and a personal friend of mine passed away," Obama said. "I don’t think about that in the context of financial regulatory reform."