Biden appoints Senate staff member White, former close associate Bianchi as deputy USTR by Reuters

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By Andrea Shalal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden plans to nominate longtime Senate member Jayme White and former White House official Sarah Bianchi as MPs for US Trade Representative Katherine Tai, announced Friday the White House.

White, currently chief business adviser to the Senate Finance Committee, has worked in the Senate on nearly all major trade issues and trade legislation for 20 years, the White House said in a statement.

“Jayme White has spent two decades working to ensure that US trade policy empowers American workers and promotes environmental sustainability,” the statement said.

White grew up in Seattle, Washington, and his family were unionized workers at Boeing (NYSE :), America’s largest exporter.

Bianchi, currently senior managing director of investment banking consultancy Evercore ISI, has held various positions during the administrations of former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Most notably, she served as head of economic and domestic policy for Biden, then vice president, where she coordinated policy initiatives on workforce competitiveness, manufacturing and budget negotiations.

Bianchi, who previously worked at asset manager BlackRock Inc (NYSE :), and was responsible for global policy development at Airbnb, also served as a senior advisor at the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware.

Biden and his chief trade negotiator Katherine Tai stressed their strong support for unions and pledged to pursue a trade policy focused on workers’ rights, environmental protection and human rights.

White worked closely with Tai to strengthen the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement that came into effect in July and to add enforceable measures on labor and the environment.

Tai on Thursday pledged to rigorously enforce USMCA, saying it contains the most comprehensive environmental standards of any US or global trade deal, though she acknowledged that her failure to explicitly recognize climate change was an “omission blatant “.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden strongly supported his longtime aide, White, to become Tai’s MP.

White served as legislative advisor to former Rep. Jim McDermotte from 2000 to 2009 before joining Wyden’s office as legislative director, and assumed his current role as chief business advisor in 2014.

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