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Sweeping Wall Street reform bill approved

<p>Congress on Thursday approved the broadest overhaul of financial rules since the Great Depression and sent it to President Barack Obama to sign into law.</p>

Congress on Thursday approved the broadest overhaul of financial rules since the Great Depression and sent it to President Barack Obama to sign into law.


By a vote of 60 to 39, the Senate gave final approval to a sweeping measure that tightens regulations across the financial industry in an effort to avoid a repeat of the 2007-2009 financial crisis.


Obama will likely sign the bill into law next week, the White House said.


The legislation, which had been opposed by banks, leaves few corners of the financial industry untouched.

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