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Senate Panel Approves Bernanke Nomination for Second Term

Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 11:48 AM

The U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke for a second term, sending it to the full Senate for a final confirming vote.

The panel vote was 16 to 7 to back the nomination.

The Senate is not expected to take up the nomination until some time in January. While approval is widely expected, Bernanke faces an unusual amount of opposition from lawmakers who are disgruntled over the Fed's bailout of financial firms.

Bernanke's current four-year term as Fed chairman expires on January 31.

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The U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke for a second term, sending it to the full Senate for a final confirming vote. The panel vote was 16 to 7 to back the nomination. The Senate is not expected to...
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