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Democrats tie passage of Miners Protection Act to waiver for Lighthizer

February 14, 2017 at 7:53 PM
Efforts led by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to pass the Miners Protection Act are being used by Democrats as leverage for their support of a waiver for U.S. trade representative nominee Robert Lighthizer, who otherwise cannot be confirmed for the role due to his representation of foreign governments in the 1980s, sources told Inside U.S. Trade. A Democratic Senate aide said the lawmakers are “willing to negotiate a waiver in exchange for the full passage of the Miners Protection...

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