WASHINGTON — An already rocky confirmation process for Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke could become even more complicated if the full Senate does not approve his nomination to another term by Jan. 31, when his current term ends.

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd, whose panel approved the Fed chief's nomination in a 16-to-7 vote on Thursday, brought the issue to the fore when pressed by Republican lawmakers to delay the vote until next month. The Connecticut Democrat stressed that the full Senate needed to sign off on Bernanke by the end of January if he is to remain in his job as chairman.

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