WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate Republican leader said on Wednesday he expects Ben Bernanke to win Senate confirmation to a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve with bipartisan support.
"I think he has a lot of support among Democrats and enough among Republicans that he will get the requisite number of votes," Senator John Thune, the chamber's fourth-ranking Republican, told Reuters in a hallway interview on Capitol Hill.
While Bernanke has plenty of supporters, he also has a number of critics, Democrats and Republicans.
Yet Thune indicated that he expects Bernanke to hit the needed 60 votes in the 100-member Senate to clear the way for confirmation.
Democrats who control the chamber have said that they would like to confirm Bernanke as soon as possible, and that a vote could be held as early as Friday, but that no final decision on timing has been made.
Bernanke'Bernanke'sd first four-year term expires on January 31.
(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Andrew Hay)