Urges Quick Senate Confirmation
Washington DC – The National Foreign Trade Council today praised President Bush’s nomination of Congressman Rob Portman to be the United States Trade Representative.
“Congressman Portman recognizes the benefits of free trade for the U.S. economy, and has been a leader on trade policy throughout his career in the House of Representatives. He is a highly regarded Member of Congress who has a strong record of working with both sides of the aisle. President Bush has made an excellent choice for the United States Trade Representative,” said NFTC President Bill Reinsch.
Congressman Portman has consistently rated highly in NFTC’s annual Congressional rankings on support for liberalized U.S. trade and investment policies.
“There are serious trade policy issues the United States must address in 2005, from approval of the DR-CAFTA and the US-Bahrain FTA, reauthorization of TPA, and continuing in our role as a leader in the WTO Doha Development Agenda negotiations. We urge the Senate to move quickly to confirm Congressman Portman, and look forward to working with him to achieve these important goals and advancing a forward-looking trade policy agenda,” concluded Reinsch.