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Topic - Heidi Heitkamp
The Senate Banking Committee on a strong bipartisan vote of 14 to 8 approved the nomination of Federal Reserve vice chairman Janet Yellen to become the next head of the central bank.
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“Dr. Yellen has the experience and intellect that is necessary to lead our central bank,” said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota Democrat and one of the many Democrats on the committee who enthusiastically supported the nomination.