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2006-05-26 14:48:14

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate voted unanimously on Friday to confirm Rob Portman as U.S. budget director, charging the former Republican House of Representatives member with keeping the $2.7 trillion federal budget under control. President George W. Bush's choice to head the Office of Management and Budget, Portman has been the chief U.S. trade negotiator over the past year, a time of little progress toward a new international deal on global trade rules. "I'm...

2006-05-11 13:08:53

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rob Portman got a warm reception with both Republicans and Democrats praising him at a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday and he appeared to be headed for easy confirmation as the next U.S. budget director. "You're on a roll," Senate Budget Committee Chairman Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican, told Portman at the end of a two-hour hearing that was more a forum for politicians to debate fiscal policy than a review of his...

2006-04-18 17:33:50

By Doug Palmer and Sophie Walker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush abruptly changed his chief trade negotiator on Tuesday, casting more doubt on troubled world trade talks just weeks before a major deadline that is already in danger of slipping. With his domestic economic agenda facing stiff resistance in Congress, Bush tapped U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman, a well-liked former congressman and longtime family friend, to serve as White House budget director. Bush...

2006-04-18 16:31:03

By Doug Palmer and Sophie Walker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush abruptly changed his chief trade negotiator on Tuesday, casting more doubt on troubled world trade talks just weeks before a major deadline already in danger of slipping. With his domestic economic agenda facing stiff resistance in Congress, Bush tapped current U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman, a well-liked former congressman and longtime family friend, to serve as White House budget director. Bush...

2006-04-18 08:59:59

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Tuesday nominated U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman as his choice to become White House budget director as part of a shake-up of his team. Bush also nominated Portman's deputy, Susan Schwab, to become the next trade representative, the official in charge of negotiating trade agreements and trying to open markets. Both appointments require Senate confirmation. Portman, a former member of the House of Representatives from Ohio who...

2006-04-18 08:15:55

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Tuesday will nominate Trade Representative Rob Portman as his choice to become White House budget director, a senior administration official said. Bush will also nominate Portman's deputy, Susan Schwab, to become the next U.S. trade representative, the official said. Bush was to make the announcements in the Rose Garden at 9:20 a.m. EDT. Both appointments require Senate confirmation. Portman, a former member of the House of...

2006-03-22 15:22:28

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States wants China to show "measurable progress" on piracy and other issues straining trade relations at a high-level meeting next month, the top U.S. trade official said on Wednesday. U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said Washington also is pressing China for market-opening commitments and to respond to U.S. concerns about domestic industrial subsidies by the April 11 trade meeting that precedes Chinese President Hu Jintao's...

2006-03-22 15:50:00

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The government wants China to show "measurable progress" on piracy and other issues straining trade relations at a high-level meeting next month, the top U.S. trade official said on Wednesday. Trade Representative Rob Portman said Washington also is pressing China for market-opening commitments and to respond to concerns about domestic industrial subsidies by the April 11 trade meeting that precedes Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Washington nine...

2006-02-15 19:34:58

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States could abandon world trade talks if other countries don't show more willingness to open their markets, U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said on Wednesday. The United States "needs to be in a position to walk away" if the negotiations fail to lead to a satisfactory agreement, Portman said at a hearing before the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. Portman said he still hoped the 149 member-countries of the...

2006-02-08 18:25:16

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers blamed the Bush administration on Wednesday for the skyrocketing U.S. trade deficit and called for the creation of a "Congressional Trade Enforcer" to make sure the United States prosecutes other countries that cheat on their trade obligations. A government report due out on Friday is expected to show the U.S. trade deficit set a record in 2005 at about $725 billion. That would be about double the level it was in 2001, the...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'