SMA Commends Senate Approval of Bob Lighthizer as USTR

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Washington, D.C.  – Today the United States Senate confirmed Robert Lighthizer as the next United States Trade Representative (USTR) by a vote of 82-14. Philip K. Bell, president of the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) commended the confirmation:

“We are extremely pleased that the Senate confirmed Mr. Lighthizer, and we are excited to work with him on issues such as unfair trade, global steel overcapacity and circumvention of trade duties,” said Bell. “His prior experience as a Deputy USTR, a trade attorney and his reputation as a strong negotiator make him the right person at the right time for this critical role.”  It is extremely gratifying to have this confirmation process concluded. SMA members are poised to work with Mr. Lighthizer on trade policy and enforcement issues important to 21st Century Steelmakers.”


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