Ben Bernankes once-embattled nomination for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve continued to pick up steam Monday with the announcement that two key Senators Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will vote in favor of his confirmation.I believe it would be a mistake not to reconfirm Ben Bernanke as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Feinstein said in a statement, adding: To blame one man for the financial implosion is simply wrong.Added Baucus: I have full faith he will continue to use his post as Chairman of the Federal Reserve to create jobs, help middle class families and continue to get our economy back on track.White House officials canvassed the Senate to rally support for Bernankes nomination, which picked up several key supporters over the weekend, including Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared his support for Bernanke on Friday. Appointed by President George W. Bush in 2005 and renominated by President Barack Obama last year, Bernankes nomination appears headed for confirmation this week. But with a handful of holds that have stalled action in recent weeks, Reid will likely have to file a procedural motion to clear the nomination. Bernankes current term ends Jan. 31.In an appearance on NBCs Meet the Press, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refused to say whether he would vote to confirm Bernanke, but said repeatedly: Hes going to have bipartisan support in the Senate, and I anticipate he will be confirmed.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.