President Bush has named U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman as the new director of the Office of Management and Budget. The President also selected Deputy USTR Susan Schwab as the new USTR.
Portman replaces Joshua Bolten, who became Bush’s chief of staff. Portman previously served in the House of Representatives and as the Trade Representativespent. His time in office at USTR largely focused on working on the World Trade Organization Doha Round talks. He also was a key figure in the Central American-Dominican Republic Free-Trade Agreement with Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Schwab has been a deputy USTR since November 2005. She has been responsible for trade-policy development, negotiation and implementation of several issues and in various regions, including Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. She also has been involved in the U.S. strategy in the WTO Doha talks. Schwab also concluded bilateral-free-trade agreements with Colombia and Peru.
Schwab now faces confirmation from the Senate.
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