From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell
On the Senate floor, there is an hour of debate scheduled today on the nomination of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and then a vote to end debate (invoke cloture). The actual vote would follow.
Timing? Unclear. At about 10:30 a.m. ET, the Senate will run through a series of votes related to their work on the Debt Limit Increase and then final passage on that. When that's finished, they turn to Bernanke so there is not a fixed time right now.
Currently, Sen. Bernie Sanders is on the floor delivering an impassioned speech opposing Bernanke.
*** UPDATE *** Democratic aides say they expect to hold the Bernanke confirmation vote at 3:20pm. These times are always fluid but thats the latest.