WASHINGTON — Though Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke's renomination won the Senate Banking Committee's approval Thursday, it was hardly a vote of confidence in the central banker or his agency.

Sen. Richard Shelby, the panel's top GOP member, voted against giving Bernanke another four years at the Fed, as did five other Republicans and one Democrat. Many of the 16 committee members who supported Bernanke — mostly Democrats — did so after noting the Fed's lapses in banking supervision, consumer protection and monetary policy.

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