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 John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally 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 HatchA health insurer takes on his own industry: Describe clearly what we favor, not attack what we oppose A health insurer takes on his own industry: Describe clearly what we favor, not attack what we oppose Trump to award Medal of Freedom to economist Arthur Laffer 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 LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerChinese, US negotiators fine-tuning details of trade agreement: report The Trump economy keeps roaring ahead Trump says no discussion of extending deadline in Chinese trade talks 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 ScottOn The Money: Trump weighs emergency declaration for Mexico tariffs | GOP senators look to rein in Trump on trade | Powell says Fed may cut rates if trade war hurts economy On The Money: Trump weighs emergency declaration for Mexico tariffs | GOP senators look to rein in Trump on trade | Powell says Fed may cut rates if trade war hurts economy Trump floats new emergency declaration to impose Mexico tariffs 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.