Senate approves IRS, homeland security nominees, leaves for the year


McClatchy Washington Bureau

The Senate, and for that matter Congress, are done for the year.

The Senate finished its last votes early Friday, and will return January 6, 2014, when it plans to vote on the nomination of Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve Chairman.

Friday, the Senate voted 59-34 to limit debate on the nomination, setting up the final vote.

In earlier business, senators voted 54-41 to confirm John Koskinen as Internal Revenue Service commissioner and 59-36 to confirm Alejandro Mayorkas as deputy secretary of homeland security.

The House of Representatives left for the year last week and is due to return January 7, 2014.


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