Bunning Plays Hardball With USTR On Trade Nominees

Law360, New York (March 17, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT) -- Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., is taking heat for his efforts to block two key trade nominees from going up for a final vote before the U.S. Senate, as he attempts to pressure the U.S. trade representative into taking formal action to oppose an anti-smoking law in Canada.

A group of freshman and sophomore Democratic senators took to the Senate floor Tuesday to denounce Republican holds creating a clog of unconfirmed, uncontroversial nominees in the Senate, including Bunning's holds blocking Senate consideration of Michael Punke, who has...
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