April 04,2017

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Hatch Announces Executive Session to Consider USTR Nominee

WASHINGTON – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today announced the Committee will mark up the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to serve as the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in an executive session on Thursday, April 6, in Room 215 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building at 9:30 a.m.  
“Bob Lighthizer has the experience and institutional knowledge necessary to serve as the next USTR,” Hatch said. “In order to ensure congressional input on trade agreements that protect intellectual property rights, benefit American families and businesses and promote U.S. global competitiveness, we must have a USTR in place. Mr. Lighthizer’s nomination has been subject to unprecedented delay and unrelated demands for far too long, and we cannot afford to have this crucial position void of leadership any longer. Throughout his confirmation hearing he demonstrated a clear vision and dedication to advancing a strong trade agenda, which many of my Democratic colleagues praised.   It is my hope my Democratic colleagues remove their unrelated demands and work with us to advance his nomination through the Committee for full Senate consideration.”

Who:    Senate Finance Committee
What:    Executive Session to Consider USTR Nominee
Where:    215 Dirksen Senate Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20510
When:    Thursday, April 6, 2017
    9:30 a.m.
For media inquiries and additional information, including webcast and testimony details, please visit: http://finance.senate.gov/hearings.