WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted 99-1 Wednesday to confirm Charlene Barshefsky as United States Trade Representative. Barshefsky has been the acting trade rep.
Before approving Barshefsky’s nomination, the Senate also voted to waive a law which bars anyone who has worked for a foreign country on international trade issues from holding the USTR post. Barshefsky once repped a Canadian logging firm which was in a dispute with the U.S. The appointment will not become official until the House also approves the waiver and President Clinton approves it with his signature.
Barshefsky has won praise from the entertainment industry for her tough stance on intellectually property rights. “She is an outstanding choice for USTR, strong, fair and totally knowledgeable,” said Motion Picture Assn. of America prexy Jack Valenti.