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NAFTA: Why Trump’s Trade Pick is Moving Slowly to Confirmation

Posted May 10, 2017

Under International Trade Issues

(Alexander Panetta – Canadian Press)

The start of the NAFTA renegotiation process is working through a final hurdle in the U.S. Senate -- one imposed by a famous member of President Donald Trump’s own party, in a symbolic example of the free-trade rift between the past and present of the GOP.

The party leadership began closure proceedings late Tuesday to force a vote on the confirmation of Trump’s trade czar. That means a few more days of debate, followed by Robert Lighthizer’s likely confirmation, which would let him start preparing for negotiations later this year with Canada and Mexico.

One reason it didn’t happen sooner: unanimous consent was denied by John McCain. Click here to read more.

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