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Biden Picks Pro-Labor Nominee for US Trade Rep


President-Elect Joe Biden has nominated Katherine Tai to be the US Trade Representative for the incoming administration. If confirmed by the Senate, Tai, who currently serves as the chief trade counsel for the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, would play a key role in negotiating trade agreements with China and other countries. She would also be the first Asian American and first woman of color to serve as U.S. Trade Representative.

Numerous unions and trade groups applauded the nomination after it was made on December 10. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement saying, “the nomination of a worker-champion as U.S. trade representative is a resounding victory for our families and communities. Tai brings the needed expertise to develop a pro-worker trade agenda, including enforceable labor protections. … President-elect Biden is living up to his word to forge a bold new direction, and with Tai as the U.S. trade representative, we will be strongly positioned to advance a fair trade agenda that makes the world safer and workers stronger.”

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