Senate Finance approves two trade nominees

Senate Finance approves two trade nominees
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The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday approved two of President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE’s delayed trade nominees.

The panel sent C.J. Mahoney and Dennis Shea, both nominated for deputy U.S. Trade Representative jobs, to the Senate floor for consideration. 

"If confirmed, both of these nominees will help establish international trade rules and negotiate trade agreements, ensuring U.S. interests are well-represented on the global stage,” said Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchDrug prices are declining amid inflation fears The national action imperative to achieve 30 by 30 Financial market transactions should not be taxed or restricted MORE (R-Utah) in a statement.

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"I look forward to their quick and fair confirmations on the Senate floor,” Hatch said.

U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert LighthizerBob LighthizerBiden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Whiskey, workers and friends caught in the trade dispute crossfire GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' MORE complained that the Trump administration has waited too long to get its nominees confirmed. 

"No administration has ever had to wait this long for its first Senate-confirmed deputy USTR," Lighthizer said in a statement.

Republican Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSenate passes bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to first Black NHL player Scott: 'There is hope' for police reform bill Sunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe MORE (S.C.) had placed a hold on Mahoney and Shea over what he said was a lack of communication with Lighthizer about trade issues in his state.

But after a recent trade meeting at the White House, Scott said he had gotten the answers he needed and would lift the hold on the two USTR nominees.

USTR had previously conceded there was some miscommunication.

Mahoney is slated to handle U.S. trade policy in China and Africa while Shea is nominated to represent the United States at the World Trade Organization in Geneva.