U.S. Senate vote on confirming Yellen as Fed chief likely next week-aide

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate is likely tovote next week on President Barack Obama's choice of JanetYellen to be the next chief of the Federal Reserve, a seniorSenate Democratic aide said on Tuesday.

Yellen, the Fed's vice chair, is widely expected to winSenate confirmation, which would make her the first woman tolead the U.S. central bank. Last month, the Senate BankingCommittee approved her nomination on a 14-8 vote.

Yellen would replace Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke when his termends on Jan. 31. A specific date for a Senate vote on Yellen hasnot yet been set.

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