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Finance members meet with Lighthizer; Hatch pledges to make case for TPP to Trump team

January 11, 2017

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As Donald Trump's pick for U.S. trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, makes the rounds on Capitol Hill this week, members of the Senate Finance Committee are gearing up for a confirmation hearing they say could involve questions about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the nominee's stance on how to tap new export markets for the U.S. agriculture industry.

[Daily News| January 11, 2017 |Inside US Trade]

Lighthizer on Jan. 10 met with Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), as well as with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). He is scheduled to meet with other committee members later this week.

The Finance panel is tasked with vetting Lighthizer. Hatch on Jan. 10 said the committee will first “have to get all the paperwork done before we can schedule a hearing,” but added that he has no doubt Lighthizer will be confirmed.

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  • If you ask me this is one of the main reasons we have such a large trade deficit with China today. Also why we have had no real wage gains in 30 years. Why we lost 6M manufacturing jobs over the past 20 years and why Trump won the election. It really is time to drain the bi partisan swamp and to bring back the jobs that were stolen from Americans through unchecked globalism greed that now must be put into check by America first policies in manufacturing. This is where we are going now as a nation so please get out of the way if you don’t like it.
  • Of course Hatch will make an attempt. He is funded by the transnational crew. The swamp indeed needs to be drained of special interests the work counter to American interests. Endorsements by organizations like Club for Growth and the US C of C are good first card indicators of elitism.