Senate Finance advances deputy USTR nominees

Sarah Bianchi and Jayme White have enjoyed a pain-free confirmation process so far.


By Steven Overly, POLITICO



The Senate Finance Committee overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday President Joe Biden’s nominees for two deputy U.S. trade representative positions, a step toward filling out the slate of top officials crafting his global trade agenda.


The vote for Sarah Bianchi and Jayme White was initially delayed after the committee failed to reach a quorum on Tuesday morning, though the panel’s top Democrat and Republican vowed to support their nominations. The committee later voted on the sidelines of the Senate floor.


Bianchi's nomination was endorsed 27-1, with Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) as the sole opponent, per a committee aide. White was supported 25-3, with Sens. Lankford, Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) opposing.


If confirmed by the full Senate, Bianchi and White will serve directly under U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, whose nomination received a rare 98-0 vote of support.


“These two trade nominees help to build out an excellent team at USTR,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the committee chair. “Both are highly experienced and knowledgeable. Based on their [confirmation] hearing, it was clear that both share Ambassador Tai’s commitment to bringing the two sides together around policies that get trade done right.”


A smooth confirmation: