Several Republicans this week said they were resigned to the fact that changes they wanted on the consumer protection agency section and derivatives would probably have to be worked out in conference.
As soon as financial reform passes, Geithner expects to move on to legislation to reform government-controlled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
"We're going to move very quickly to start to build the consensus on a set of reforms to Fannie and Freddie and the broader housing finance market," he said. "We started this process in the administration six months ago. We've been working very carefully looking at all range of options."
Democrats have rejected Republican efforts to add language into the financial reform bill dealing with the mortgage giants that have received more than $100 billion in federal aid.