SE­NATE CONFIRMS ROSS AS COMMERCE SEC­RE­TARY

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The Se­nate on Mon­day con­firmed bil­lion­aire in­vestor Wil­bur Ross as Commerce sec­re­tary as Pres­i­dent Trump adds to his eco­nomic team. The vote was 72-27.

Ross said the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion will work quickly to redo the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment. That’s the mas­sive trade pact with Canada and Mex­ico that has boosted trade but still stings laid-off work­ers across the Mid­west.

Se­na­tors from both par­ties were def­er­en­tial to Ross at his nearly four-hour con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing, which was much more sub­dued than the con­fir­ma­tion hear­ings of other Trump nom­i­nees. For­mer Commerce sec­re­taries have praised him, in­clud­ing one who served un­der Barack Obama.

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