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Senate Strikes Deal on Key Obama Nominations

December 20, 2013

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Alejandro Mayorkas was among key Obama nominees given a preliminary OK by the U.S. Senate on Friday (file photo)

The U.S. Senate struck an accord on several of President Obama's key judicial and administration appointments, aides said.

The confirmation vote for Janet Yellen as chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Reserve will be in January, while votes on Alejandro Mayorkas as Department of Homeland Security deputy secretary, John Koskinen as Internal Revenue Service commissioner and Brian Davis as a U.S. district judge in Florida will take place Friday, Politico reported.

The vote on Yellen's confirmation is scheduled for Jan. 6.

The senators had been gearing up for a rare weekend session as Republicans and Democrats were at odds about when to hold votes on the handful of nominations remaining on the Senate's docket.

During their closed-door caucus meeting Thursday, Senate Democrats were told they would be staying in Washington through Saturday, while Senate Republicans came up with a plan to have one of its members on the floor while Democrats met, Politico said.

Six other executive branch nominees were pending, mainly in agency deputy posts. Politico said those names will be sent back to the White House since they weren't approved by the Senate by year's end.

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Original headline: Senate strikes deal on key Obama nominations, including Yellen


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