The Senate is back today from the holiday break, and will confirm Janet Yellen as the next chair, and the first woman chair, of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
Senators start work at 2 p.m., and will move to Yellen at 3 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote to confirm her — there is little drama in this vote, as a simple majority is all it takes to confirm her.
Immediately after the Yellen vote, the Senate will vote to end debate on S. 1845, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act. This is the proposal to extend emergency unemployment benefits for another three months, through March.
Those benefits, first put in place in 2008 in response to the financial and housing crisis and the following market drop and spike in unemployment, expired on December 28. Senate Democrats have said their first order of business in 2014 would be to extend them, but doing so may depend on finding an offset for the $6.4 billion cost.
Sixty votes will be needed to end debate on bill, which is sponsored by Sens. Jack ReedJack ReedCruz: Supreme Court 'likely' to uphold Trump order Schumer: Trump should see 'handwriting on the wall,' drop order Sanders: Court ruling might 'teach President Trump a lesson' MORE (D-R.I.) and Dean HellerDean HellerPlanned Parenthood targets GOP lawmakers amid ObamaCare protests Overnight Finance: Fed chief tries to stay above partisan fray | Bill would eliminate consumer agency | Trump signs repeal of SEC rule on foreign payments Fed chief looks to stay above partisan fray in Trump era MORE (R-Nev.).
The House is out today, and returns Tuesday.