Obama pleased with cooperation on financial overhaul bill

President Barack Obama congratulated Senate Republicans and Democrats for moving forward on a bill to reform Wall Street. 

"I'm very pleased," Obama told reporters flying back to Washington on Wednesday night. "This shouldn't have to be a partisan issue."

Debate begins Thursday on the bill and the president said he hoped that "we can get this done quickly."

Although he wouldn't comment on Goldman Sachs because of the pending civil suit, he did say "that most Americans might find some of the behavior of the big financial institutions out of whack with mainstream America," according to the pool report. 

He suggested more transparency in the financial system so that "we end up having a safer, more secure system."