The Senate confirmed former U.S. Trade Representative Deputy Ambassador Susan Schwab as the new head of USTR Thursday. She is the 15th United States Trade Representative, succeeding Rob Portman for his post as the president's budget director.
Schwab enters the post at a critical time for World Trade Organization talks, says U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. A deadline looms the end of this month for completing an agreement on agriculture.
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A statement from Schwab says she's eager to move ahead with bilateral and multilateral efforts to realize the president's vision for free and fair trade. "And I look forward to working closely with members of the House and Senate to advance the interests of American farmers, workers, businesses and service providers as we advance America's pro-trade agenda," she says.