Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn has cast one of the three Republican votes that helped advance Janet Yellen's nomination to lead the Federal Reserve.
Coburn, a conservative lawmaker from Muskogee, says in a statement that he cast a vote in favor of Yellen's nomination Thursday because she is "unquestionably qualified" to serve as the next chair of the agency.
Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Mark Kirk of Illinois cast the other two votes in support of Yellen's nomination.
The Senate Banking Committee approved her nomination on a 14-8 vote. The committee's approval sets up a final vote in the full Senate after lawmakers return from a two-week Thanksgiving break.
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin was the only Democrat to oppose Yellen's nomination.
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