December 20,2013

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Hatch on Presidential Nomination of Max Baucus to Serve as Next Ambassador to China

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement today after President Obama announced his intent to nominate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to be the Ambassador of the United States of America to the People’s Republic of China:

“Max is a dear friend and proven leader who’s always been willing to work across the aisle, fight for Montana and stand up for what he believes is right. His depth and breadth of knowledge will provide him with a strong foundation that will serve him well as the next U.S. envoy to China.  This is a tremendous opportunity for Max, who I know will work tirelessly to strengthen U.S.-China relations, which is incredibly important in today’s competitive global economy. I wish Max all the best as he takes on this next chapter of his life. I know I speak for many in saying that Max Baucus’ departure will leave a lasting impact on the Senate.  He will be sorely missed.”