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NFTC Applauds President Obama’s Choice for Commerce Secretary
Date: 2/3/2009

Washington, D.C. – The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) today praised President Obama's nomination of Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) to serve as U.S. Commerce Secretary. NFTC President Bill Reinsch released the following statement.

"We congratulate Senator Gregg on his nomination and applaud President Obama for selecting such a seasoned veteran to take the helm at Commerce.

"As a third-term senator and an appropriator, he has vast knowledge and insight into the inner workings of Congress, and how he could best work with his colleagues on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue as Commerce Secretary.

"Sen. Gregg consistently received solid scores in the NFTC's annual Congressional rankings on support for liberalized U.S. trade and investment policies. While in Congress, he cast important trade votes, most recently voting in favor of free trade agreements with Peru and Oman, CAFTA-DR, and against imposing unilateral sanctions on Iran.

"There is much pressing work to do, including working with Congress and President Obama to stimulate the flow of commerce, manage the national transition to digital television and the 2010 Census.

"We look forward working with Commerce Secretary-designate Gregg to ensure future U.S. economic growth and prosperity for our workforce."

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