Senate, in bipartisan vote, approves Froman as U.S. trade rep

June 20, 2013 at 12:52 PM

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Thursday confirmed Michael Froman as U.S. Trade Representative on a 93-4 vote.

"I am pleased that the Senate took bipartisan action [Wednesday] to confirm Michael Froman as the United States Trade Representative," President Barack Obama said in a statement. "Mike has been my closest adviser on a broad range of international economic issues and will continue to play a key role on my economic team."

Froman, 50, an Obama classmate at Harvard Law School, has advised Obama on international economics and security issues for the past four years.

As U.S. trade representative, Froman will focus on the key goals of "promoting growth, creating jobs and strengthening the middle class," Obama said. "And he will continue to help open new markets for American businesses, level the playing field for American workers, farmers and ranchers, and fully enforce our trade rights."

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