Trade Nominees Remain In Limbo As Senate Adjourns

Law360, New York (December 23, 2010, 3:00 PM EST) -- The U.S. Senate has adjourned without confirming several key trade nominees, even though many were already serving through recess appointments.

The nominations of Michael W. Punke to become deputy U.S. trade representative and Islam A. Siddiqui to become chief agricultural negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative were returned to the president Wednesday after Congress adjourned without confirming them.

As a result, President Barack Obama will have to reappoint them during the next Congress, or replacements will have to be found.

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