June 28, 2010 / 10:13 PM / 7 years ago

White House pledges outreach to advance Wall Street bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his team will do “whatever is helpful” to get a financial reform bill passed and signed into law, a White House official said on Monday.

<p>Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-CT) (C) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) (R) talk during a recess from a committee conference on Wall Street reform to hammer out sweeping changes in financial regulation legislation on Capitol Hill, in Washington June 24, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst</p>

Senator Russell Feingold said earlier that he will not vote to advance the bill, denying his fellow Democrats the 60th vote they need to clear a final hurdle in Congress.

The White House official said Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and economic adviser Larry Summers would reach out to lawmakers this week to get the bill to Obama’s desk.

“As the president said this weekend, bringing the Wall Street reform bill over the finish line is a top priority, and he is poised to do whatever is helpful to accomplish that goal,” the official said.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Alister Bull

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