Senate OKs Ron Kirk as Trade Rep

Former Dallas mayor vows to enforce US export deals
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Mar 18, 2009 4:00 PM CDT
President Obama introduces former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk as US Trade Representative.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
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(Newser) – The Senate today confirmed, in a 92-5 vote, former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk as US trade representative, the Dallas Morning News reports. With global trade declining for the first time in 27 years, Kirk has vowed to make countries fulfill their trade promises to the US. Kirk paid the IRS nearly $8,000 to clear up tax issues before the vote, Reuters adds. (Read more President Obama stories.)