January 03,2017

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Wyden Statement on Announcement of Robert Lighthizer as USTR Nominee

WASHINGTON Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement on the announcement President-Elect Donald Trump will nominate Robert Lighthizer to serve as U.S. Trade Representative.

“It is vital that the United States Trade Representative deliver results for American workers by aggressively enforcing trade rules and knocking down malicious trade barriers that lock manufacturers and farmers out of overseas markets,” Wyden said.

“I look forward to learning how Mr. Lighthizer would address today’s challenges and deliver a trade policy that is as effective for the millworker in Medford, Oregon as it is for the software developer in Silicon Valley. 

“It is well past time for the incoming administration to explain its approach toward international trade beyond 140 characters.  American workers, businesses, farmers, ranchers, and innovators don’t need more slogans -- they need real solutions to the challenges they face here at home and overseas.”