Bernanke Senate vote expected by 31 Jan

The full US Senate will vote on whether to confirm Ben Bernanke as the next Federal Reserve chairman by the end of January, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said on Tuesday 10 January.

Bernanke is expected to easily win confirmation to the position. The spokesman said the vote by the full Senate is set for Jan. 31, the day before Bernanke's 14-year term begins. But the vote could happen earlier if the chamber's schedule allows, he said.

Bernanke, 52, is currently chairman of

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