The nominee for the chief agriculture negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Doug McKalip, met with the Senate Finance Committee in early June. South Dakota Senator John Thune says on September 7 the committee is expected to take a vote. “The question is how quickly will get this nomination get processed on the Senate floor? The sooner, the better. They’ve been sitting on critical trade positions a long time.” Thune is also on the Senate Agriculture Committee. The nominee for USDA’s Under Secretary for Trade Alexis Taylor has not had a confirmation hearing in that committee yet. “I would hope the chairwoman would make that a priority.”
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