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Ron Kirk, the Obama administration’s choice for U.S. Trade Representative, had a rapid-fire confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on Monday that lasted no longer than 45 minutes.
“Exhilarating,” was how Kirk, a former Dallas mayor, described the quick experience, fittingly, in one word.
Senators had to compress the session to attend a vote on amendments to the omnibus spending bill.
Kirk started off by telling senators “It’s been a long and strange journey getting to this point,” but didn’t even make it through a shortened version of prepared remarks before he was urged by Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus to wrap it up.