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Financial reg passes Senate, Nelson votes aye, Dems hit LeMieux for voting no

From McClatchy: "The Senate Thursday night passed the most sweeping changes in government regulation of the nation's financial institutions since the Great Depression, including strong new consumer and investor protections and provisions that seek to shine a bright light on the dark corners of Wall Street.

In a 59-39 vote, four Republicans joined 53 Democrats and two independents in approving the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010. Two Democrats, Washington's Maria Cantwell and Wisconsin's Russ Feingold, as well as 37 Republicans voted no.

Florida Democrats assailed Florida Republican George LeMieux for his vote, saying he "put Wall Street above Main Street by standing with many of his fellow Republicans in defending the status quo and continuing government bailouts."

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