Biden's trade czar nominee Tai to get Feb. 25 Senate confirmation hearing


Reporting by Andrea Shalal and David Lawder; editing by Jonathan Oatis, Reuters

Feb 18, 2021


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. trade representative, Katherine Tai, will get a confirmation hearing next week, a key step for the new administration to start rebuilding battered trade ties with U.S. allies.


The Senate Finance Committee said in a statement on Thursday it had scheduled a 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT) hearing for Tai on Feb. 25.


Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, a Democrat, said Tai had the needed experience to succeed in the role and vowed to advance her nomination as quickly as possible.


“Her record of getting wins for American workers demonstrates she knows how to champion the values that matter to U.S. families,” Wyden said in a statement.


Tai, who has served since 2014 as the Democratic trade lawyer for the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, earned praise from both Democrats and Republicans for her work in negotiating stronger labor provisions as part of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement enacted last year. She previously served at the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office as head of China trade enforcement.


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