"I am honored that the Senate has confirmed me as the 15th United States
Trade Representative. In particular, I want to thank Senators Frist, Grassley
and Baucus, and other Members of the Senate Finance Committee.
"Trade is one of President Bush’s top priorities. He has championed a
compelling vision that will increase trade flows, create new economic
opportunities for all countries, alleviate poverty in the developing world and
promote democratic reform.
"Under the leadership of former U.S. Trade Representatives Bob Zoellick and
Rob Portman, and with the hard work and dedication of the talented USTR staff,
the United States has led the effort to open new markets for American products
and services and rigorously enforce the rules of trade. I am eager to move ahead
with our bilateral and multilateral efforts to realize the president’s vision
for free and fair trade.
"And I look forward to working closely with members of the House and Senate to
advance the interests of American farmers, workers, businesses and service
providers as we advance America’s pro-trade agenda."