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Obama checks on Bernanke prospects, senators say secure

Laura Litvan
Reuters [1]
Sunday, January 24th, 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama called lawmakers on Saturday to check that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke had enough support for a second term and two key senators said the nomination was on track.

In a sign of how worried the White House is about a sudden recent surge in opposition to Bernanke’s renomination, Obama contacted the Democratic Senate leadership to make sure it had enough votes.

“(The) president made … calls to a few senators this afternoon including leadership to make sure everything on track and he has been assured that Bernanke is on track for confirmation,” a senior administration official said.

Bernanke’s second term suddenly appeared at risk on Friday after two Senate Democrats announced their opposition.

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