Trade Representative Nominee Advances in Senate
President Trump’s nominee to serve as U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, cleared a key confirmation hurdle when the Senate Finance Committee voted to send his nomination to the full Senate. If confirmed, Lighthizer will serve as the chief trade negotiator of the United States as head of the Office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). With many expected changes to trade policies of the United States, the position is likely to have a key role in re-negotiating existing trade agreements, seeking to establish new trade agreements, as well as enforcement of existing trade arrangements.
News reports indicate that the Senate could consider his nomination within the next two weeks.