Fed pick Bernanke meets with Senators

Federal Reserve nominee Ben Bernanke began making courtesy calls on Thursday 27 October with senators who will determine his nomination's fate.

Bernanke met for about one-half hour with Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, who told reporters after the meeting he believed the chairman of the U.S. central bank should have a "big portfolio" and speak out on a wide array of issues that impact the economy, not just monetary policy.

"I believe a big portfolio is very important to a very

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