Fri May 12, 2017

In an 82-14 vote, the Senate confirmed Robert Lighthizer as President Donald Trump’s new U.S. Trade Representative on Thursday. Lighthizer’s approval paves the way for the administration to begin the process of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Trump first nominated Lighthizer in January but his confirmation was delayed due to lawmaker concerns about work that Lighthizer performed decades prior on behalf of foreign governments. After receiving a legal waiver, his nomination was able to proceed.