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Obama address set to ramp up financial reform battle

President Obama will speak in New York Thursday, calling for 'swift Senate action' on a financial reform bill that would aim to curb Wall Street excesses. He'll need at least one GOP vote.

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Sen. Chris Dodd (D) of Connecticut, chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, speaks to reporters about financial reform on Wall Street after a news conference in Washington Monday.

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On the eve of Senate consideration of financial regulatory reform, President Obama and other top administration officials are ramping up pressure to pass the overhaul.

The president will travel to New York City on Thursday to push for financial reform, the White House announced Monday. In remarks at Cooper Union, a New York school of art, architecture, and engineering, he will call for “swift Senate action” and “remind Americans what is at stake if we do not move forward with changing the rules of the road as a part of a strong Wall Street reform package,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement.

In another sign the administration is working aggressively to get the votes to bring legislation to the floor later this week, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner was to meet with Sen. Susan Collins (R) of Maine on Monday. This followed a meeting last week between Secretary Geithner and Sen. Scott Brown (R) of Massachusetts.

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