A government-backed banking overhaul aimed at boosting Mexico's private sector lending won the approval of Senate committees on Wednesday, bringing the financial reform one step closer to final passage. Senators will vote on 70 specific parts of the bill on Thursday in the body's general session and, if no additional changes are approved, the bill will go to President Enrique Pena Nieto for his signature. The reform targets the conservative policies of Mexico's banks, which boast high capital levels but lend much less than their foreign peers. The proposal, included in a reform pact between Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, and the country's main opposition parties, had been in limbo for months due to a political spat that threatened to derail the accord.

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