Bloomberg by the Numbers: 68%

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Federal Reserve vice-chair Janet Yellen attends a ceremony marking the centennial of the founding of the Federal Reserve in Washington on Dec. 16, 2013.

That’s the share of senators voting yesterday who approved the nomination of Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve.

Yellen, who will become the first woman to lead the central bank, was confirmed on a 56-26 vote. Eleven Republicans voted for Yellen, who will succeed Ben Bernanke after his tenure expires Jan. 31.

Yellen received fewer “no” votes than Bernanke when he won a second term as Fed chair in 2010 on a 70-30 vote, though her backing by 68 percent of participating senators was slightly lower than Bernanke’s 70 percent. The Senate has usually approved Fed chairmen in one-sided or uncontested votes.

“Currently Fed vice chairman, Yellen has backed Bernanke’s efforts to steer the economy through its most severe crisis since the 1930s with record-low interest rates and three rounds of bond buying that have swelled Fed assets to $4.02 trillion,” Bloomberg’s Kathleen Hunter reported.

Just 82 senators voted up-or-down on Yellen after inclement weather prevented some senators from making the vote.

That was also a reason why Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada postponed until this morning a vote to advance a proposal that would extend unemployment benefits by three months.

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