Washington (CNNMoney.com) - The Senate began work Thursday on a bill that aims to prevent the next financial crisis.
But don't expect a final vote on a bill anytime soon.
Lawmakers started making opening speeches Thursday, talking in general about the bill. They're not expected to start debating the details of possible changes to the bill until next Tuesday.
The amendment process and debate could take several weeks, since Republicans and some Democrats have deep reservations about parts of the bill and plan to offer changes rewriting it. Republicans have the ability to filibuster amendments, and they can also filibuster the final vote on the bill.