Obama checks on Bernanke prospects, senators say secure

Laura Litvan
Reuters
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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