Bernanke Remains as US Federal Reserve Chariman
The first round gave Bernanke a vote of 77-23 to clear the way for a final vote. This led the chamber to over two hours of debate on whether he should have another four years in his term.
US President Barack Obama nominated him to the position last year. In history, no nominated chairman has ever been rejected by the Senate. Bernanke, however, faced the stiffest opposition in chairman nomination history.
The Democrats said that Bernanke should be given the opportunity to finish what he started. The party members also argued that voting him down would halt a re-emerging economy.