By Vicki Needham - 05/18/10 07:37 PM EDT
Senate Democratic leadership says it has the votes to end debate on the financial regulatory reform bill.
With a cloture vote looming for Wednesday morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry (D-Nev.) said several Republicans have told him they will vote to wrap up debate on the Wall Street overhaul legislation.
When asked if he expected Republicans to vote to end debate, Reid responded "Oh sure."
Although he didn't estimate how many he said, "a number of Senators, Republican Senators, have told me they will vote for cloture."
Reid still needs to count heads in his own party, with several, including Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), still undecided.
If the Senate votes to end debate it would provide 36 more hours to finish up the heavy lifting on the measure. Lawmakers still have to deal with the derivatives portion of the bill and the manager's amendment offered by Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.).