Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill. has spent the past several weeks negotiating with executives from JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of America over a possible compromise on a bill that would give bankruptcy judges the authority to modify mortgages. "I hope we can muster the courage and find the votes, although I know it will be hard. It's hard to imagine that today the mortgage bankers would have clout in this chamber, but they do," Durbin said.

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