Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) sought to cool passions over the Democratic banking reform bill on Thursday by making an unusual suggestion of his colleagues: Act your age.

Corker, a member of the Banking Committee, has been negotiating with committee chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) on the bill and said an agreement remains possible even after senior GOP leaders ripped the bill earlier this week.

The Tennessee senator called for cooler heads.

"If we just get serious as adults for the next 10 days or so — a week — I think we could finish," Corker said on the Senate floor.

"I really believe that. And I just would ask all my colleagues, and I ask this respectfully of my colleague from Connecticut... I still relish the fact that we came close and I think we can get back there. I really do. I don't think anybody's trying to sabotage this. We may have a few folks who don't want this because they don't like laws. I'm making that up slightly over the top myself, but I think most people really want a good bill."