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Senate approves Froman as U.S. Trade Representative

Michael Froman
Michael Froman
The Senate today confirmed Michael Froman, a senior White House economic adviser, as the U.S. trade representative.

The vote was 93-4.

President Barack Obama praised the vote, saying that Froman “will continue to help open new markets for American businesses, level the playing field for American workers, farmers and ranchers, and fully enforce our trade rights.”

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said Froman will take part in trade negotiations “fighting for our ranchers, farmers, businesses and workers.”

“I’m looking forward to working with him to get these trade agreements done,” Baucus said. “And I’m looking forward to working with him to get Trade Promotion Authority done. Along with Trade Adjustment Assistance, TPA will lay the groundwork for a successful trade agenda.”