Froman easily confirmed by Senate to take helm of trade office

"He’s trusted and well-respected by our partners around the world, and for the last several years, he’s been a driving force behind our international economic agenda. In his new position, Mike will stay focused on our primary economic goals — promoting growth, creating jobs and strengthening the middle class."

The United States also is involved in continuing talks on an Asia-Pacific deal, a source of some consternation ahead of the vote. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren goes on tweetstorm over GOP ObamaCare repeal bill Warren: Dems should campaign on single-payer healthcare plan Senate Dems step up protests ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote MORE (D-Mass.) opposed the nomination because of Froman's refusal to publicly release the negotiated text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a deal being worked up by 12 nations, which could be completed later this year. 

Ahead of the vote, Warren said there was a "point of principle at stake" and that the United States "should not be moving forward on trade agreements without making more information public."

She said that the trade office needs a new direction that "prioritizes transparency and public debate."

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Warren was joined in her opposition by Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinFood Network star honors veterans with dessert feast Dems face identity crisis This week: Senate races toward ObamaCare repeal vote MORE (D-W.Va.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersNew Alexandra Pelosi documentary brings together GOP, Dem members Sanders: FBI inquiry of wife is 'pathetic' attack Why UK millennials voting for socialism could happen here, too MORE (I-Vt.) and Carl LevinCarl LevinTrump's crush on foreign autocrats threatens democracy at home OPINION: Congress must press forward with its Russia investigation Democrats and Republicans share blame in rewriting the role of the Senate MORE (D-Mich.). 

Sen. Ron WydenRon WydenSenators urge Trump to do right thing with arms sales to Taiwan Overnight Tech: Black lawmakers press Uber on diversity | Google faces record EU fine | Snap taps new lobbyist | New details on FCC cyberattack FCC chairman reveals new details about cyberattack following John Oliver segment MORE (D-Ore.), who votedf or Froman, said Warren has legitimate concerns, which are similar to those he has raised. 

"I continue to share the concerns that Sen. Warren and others express about the lack of adequate transparency in U.S. trade negotiations,"" he said. "Mr. Froman has committed to work with me to address these concerns and I look forward to working with him, Senator Warren and others to accomplish this important objective."

The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which unanimously approved his nomination to the Cabinet post last week, urged strong support for Froman's nomination. 

"It's rare that I speak so highly of somebody," said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max BaucusMax BaucusLawmakers: Leave advertising tax break alone GOP: FBI firing won't slow agenda White House tax-reform push is ‘game changer,’ says ex-chairman MORE (D-Mont.). 

"He's very smart, he's very tough and he's the right person for the job," he said. 

Senators took Baucus up on his call for a big vote "so the world knows he has our strong support."

Baucus said he was unaware of Warren's concerns until she mentioned them on the floor on Wednesday. 

Warren sent a letter last week asking Froman to provide more details to the public and to lawmakers about the TPP negotiations. 

But she said he gave her an across-the-board 'no' for her requests. 

Earlier in the day, she vowed to vote 'no' but said she would not block the nomination. 

Finance panel ranking member Orrin HatchOrrin HatchOvernight Regulation: Trump pick would swing labor board to GOP | House panel advances bill to slow ozone regs | Funding bill puts restrictions on financial regulators GOP infighting erupts over healthcare bill Overnight Finance: Funding bill puts new restraints on financial regulators | Biz groups worry tax reform slipping | GOP divided over budget strategy MORE (R-Utah) said he has "seen a lot of people come and go and he has every confidence this man will be an excellent leader."

"This man is competent, he's highly qualified, he doesn't share my philosophy particularly, but I think he does with regard to this position," he said. 

He noted that Froman backs trade promotion authority, which Hatch and Baucus, and plenty of other lawmakers, have been pressing the White House to request for months. 

Froman made it clear at his confirmation hearing earlier this month that the president would pursue the issue and would soon begin in-depth discussions with Congress. 

This story was updated at 6:35 p.m. and 7:25 p.m.