Senate to begin year's final votes without Reid; Yellen confirmation off till Jan. 6


McClatchy Washington Bureau

The Senate plans its final votes of 2013 Friday morning, with votes scheduled on three nominees--but the final vote on Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve Chairman will not happen until Jan. 6.

The Senate does plan to vote Friday on limiting debate on Yellen, who would succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman.

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, will miss the session due to illness.

"Early this morning, Senator Reid was not feeling well and as a precaution decided to go to the hospital," said spokesman Adam Jentleson. "Tests have been conducted and everything is normal. He is alert, resting and feeling better.

"Doctors have asked that he remain in the hospital for observation so he will not be working today."

The votes, due to start around 10:15 a.m., come after the Senate finally broke its procedural logjam Thursday night.

Until late Thursday, the Senate planned an all-night session to consider and vote on nominations. The sessions were supposed to stretch until Saturday evening, as Republicans forced Democrats to use all the allotted debate time.

Not anymore. Instead, the Senate will vote on the nominations of Alejandro Mayorkas as Homeland Security deputy secretary, and then John Koskinen as Internal Revenue Service commissioner. Next will come a vote on Brian Davis to be a U.S. District Court judge in Florida.

Six nominations will not get votes Friday. They include: Sloan D. Gibson, deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs; Sarah Sewall, undersecretary of State for civilian security, democracy and human rights; Michael L. Connor, deputy secretary of Interior; Sarah Bloom Raskin, eputy secretary of Treasury; Jessica Wright, undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness and Richard Engler. member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board




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