Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Obama's commerce pick faces hearing

President Obama's choice for commerce secretary faces confirmation hearings today before the t before the Senate Commerce Committee.

Former Washington state Governor Gary Locke said he would back tough enforcement of US trade laws if confirmed.

"More than free trade, though, I believe in fair trade. That means we must enforce our trade agreements and place a high value on environmental, labor and safety standards," Locke said in prepared remarks for his confirmation hearing.

"We must look over the horizon and prepare for the new economy that will emerge when the recession passes. Simply put, we must rebuild, retool and reinvent our national strategies for sustained economic expansion."

Locke is Obama's third choice for U.S. commerce chief after New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg both withdrew their nominations.

Locke served two terms as governor from 1997 to 2005 and has since worked for a Seattle law firm on international trade issues. Locke is of Chinese American descent.

Obama commerce pick vows strict trade enforcement

Reuters - ‎54 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Washington state Governor Gary Locke said on Wednesday he would insist on tough enforcement of US trade laws if confirmed by the Senate to lead the US Commerce Department.

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