The Senate Banking Committee unanimously agreed to recommend the full Senate confirm Kara Stein and Michael Piwowar as Securities and Exchange Commission members and chairman Mary Jo White to serve a full term.

"As our nation's economy continues to recover, we need strong leaders in place at our financial regulators and other agencies," committee chairman Tim Johnson, D-S.D. said after the vote on Thursday. "The committee's bipartisan approval ... is a positive step forward and I hope the Senate will move quickly to consider and confirm these nominees."

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