Katherine Tai Testifies Before the Senate Finance Committee


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Katherine Tai Testifies Before the Senate Finance Committee

Katherine Tai, President Biden’s pick for U.S. trade representative, testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday about opportunities to boost the economy through trade.

Serving as the U.S. trade representative holds special resonance for me as the daughter of immigrants. My parents were born in mainland China, and grew up in Taiwan. The immigration reforms set in motion by President Kennedy opened a path for them to come here as graduate students in the sciences, and they made the most of their American opportunity. That sense of pride and patriotism will ground me every day if I have the honor to be confirmed as United States trade representative. I know that the challenges ahead are significant. Our first task will be to help American communities emerge from the pandemic and economic crisis. U.S.T.R. has an important role to play in that effort. Working with Congress, the entire Biden-Harris administration and other countries, and trusted partners, U.S.T.R. will help to build out strong supply chains that will get our economy back on track. In the longer term, we must pursue trade policies that advance the interests of all Americans.

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