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Sources: Lighthizer confirmation could be tripped up by lobbying provision in trade act

January 23, 2017 at 4:25 PM
Robert Lighthizer, President Trump's nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, could be disqualified for the role by a section of the 1974 Trade Act unless Congress approves a waiver or amends the law to accommodate his nomination, according to documents obtained by Inside U.S. Trade and sources familiar with the issue. Whether Congress could approve a simple waiver for Lighthizer -- as it has done for other nominees in the past -- or if the law itself would have to...

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