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Sen. Orrin Hatch didn't vote on Federal Reserve chairwoman confirmation

Published: Friday, Aug. 28 2015 12:07 a.m. MDT

Janet Yellen, of California, President Barack Obama's nominee to become Federal Reserve Board chair, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday Nov. 14, 2013, before the Senate Banking Committee. (Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press) Janet Yellen, of California, President Barack Obama's nominee to become Federal Reserve Board chair, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday Nov. 14, 2013, before the Senate Banking Committee. (Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press)

SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, did not vote on the confirmation of Janet Yellen as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve but backed her appointment, his spokesman said.

"He was in Utah. He voted yes on cloture (ending debate) and said he would have supported her confirmation," spokesman Matthew Harakal said. Hatch was in Utah for previously scheduled meetings, he said.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, voted against Yellen in Monday's 56-26 vote to confirm her to replace Chairman Ben Bernanke, whose term ends Jan. 31. Yellen has been vice chairwoman of the Federal Reserve since 2010.

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