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James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent

Portman Confirmed As US Trade Representative

By James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent

The US Senate on April 29 confirmed the nomination of Rob Portman to serve as US Trade Representative, and he immediately promised to pursue a trade agenda calling for efforts to open more overseas markets for US goods and to redouble efforts to enforce international trade agreements and US trade laws. In a statement released immediately after his confirmation, Portman said, "I will work hard to make sure Americans are competing on a level playing field and have the opportunity to sell their worldclass goods and services in overseas market." Listed as his top priorities are congressional approval of the Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement and China trade issues. His first step, he said, "will be to attend meetings in Europe this week that are designed to move forward the Doha Round of trade liberalization negotiations."

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