Senators preparing for final Wall Street reform vote this week

Senators preparing for final Wall Street reform vote this week

Senate Democrats are moving to vote as early as Wednesday on a sprawling Wall Street overhaul bill amid Republican and industry opposition.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidKavanaugh furor intensifies as calls for new testimony grow Dems can’t ‘Bork’ Kavanaugh, and have only themselves to blame Dem senator: Confidential documents would 'strongly bolster' argument against Kavanaugh's nomination MORE (D-Nev.) filed for cloture Monday night to end debate on the 1,400-page bill.

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“This cannot be delayed any longer,” Reid said on the Senate floor. The cloture filing will set up a vote as early as midweek.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday that he believes President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMcCaskill to oppose Kavanaugh nomination Presidential approval: It's the economy; except when it's not Time for sunshine on Trump-Russia investigation MORE will be able to sign financial overhaul legislation before July 4. “That sounds about right,” Gibbs said when asked about the timing.

Republicans have criticized numerous provisions in the bill, but it is unclear if they would close ranks to prevent a final vote on the legislation this week. Republicans held together three times in late April to stop Democrats from opening debate on the measure. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) also voted against the motion, expressing a series of concerns about the consumer office and derivatives regulations.

Republicans eventually relented when Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) agreed on provisions aimed at preventing taxpayers from being exposed to the costs of dissolving failing financial firms.

Republicans argued those changes, including the decision to drop a $50 billion fund paid for by the industry to dissolve failing firms, allowed them to let debate begin.

Dodd is continuing to work on a manager’s amendment to the measure, and a Republican aide said Shelby is reviewing the language. Neither senator has disclosed whether he is close to striking an agreement on the amendment.

A GOP aide said Republican senators continue to have concerns about the measure’s provisions related to the multitrillion-dollar market for financial derivatives, which many blame for exacerbating the 2008 financial crisis.

The Senate will continue to debate a series of controversial amendments that could toughen the bill’s impact on Wall Street. Senators have filed more than 300 amendments, most of which will not come up for a vote. Among others, lawmakers and lobbyists are focusing closely on the following amendments:

• Democratic Sens. Carl LevinCarl Milton LevinOvernight Defense: McCain honored in Capitol ceremony | Mattis extends border deployment | Trump to embark on four-country trip after midterms Congress gives McCain the highest honor Conservatives see Kethledge as 'Gorsuch 2.0' MORE (Mich.) and Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyOvernight Energy: Warren bill would force companies to disclose climate impacts | Green group backs Gillum in Florida gov race | Feds to open refuge near former nuke site Warren wants companies to disclose more about climate change impacts DHS transferred about 0M from separate agencies to ICE this year: report MORE (Ore.) are backing an amendment that would ban proprietary trading at commercial banks as well as limit their ties to hedge funds and other alternative investment funds. The amendment would hit big Wall Street firms and require the Federal Reserve to impose higher capital requirements on large non-banks.

• Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) is the main sponsor of legislation that would carve out auto dealers from the oversight of a new consumer financial protection regulator. The amendment is backed by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA). The White House, Defense Department and Treasury Department have criticized the provision, with the administration releasing a rare statement solely in opposition to the amendment.

• A bipartisan group of senators is looking to alter the financial measure to restrict the ability of state attorneys general from enforcing consumer financial protection regulations. They are looking to ensure the federal government has strong power to pre-empt state officials, while the White House has pushed for more than a year to give states power to pursue tougher regulations than the federal minimum. Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOvernight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan senators unveil proposal to crack down on surprise medical bills Super PACs spend big in high-stakes midterms MORE (D-Del.) said he is pushing to retain current law on pre-emption.

• Senators continue to debate a controversial provision backed by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) that would require commercial banks to spin off their derivatives operations. Banks have lobbied hard against the provision. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairwoman Sheila Bair and Paul Volcker, adviser to Obama, have publicly opposed the provision.