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December 18, 2013


Baucus to be Named Ambassador to China

Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) "is expected to be nominated by the White House to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to China," Politico reports.

"It remains unclear when the appointment would take effect, but Baucus would have to win confirmation from his Senate colleagues. If he leaves before his term ends, Baucus would relinquish his gavel on the powerful Senate Finance Committee at a time when he is still aggressively pushing for a dramatic rewrite of the Tax Code, putting its chances in peril this Congress."

Washington Post: "Assuming Baucus is confirmed sometime in 2014, it means there will be a vacancy in his seat. Gov. Steve Bullock (D) will get to make the appointment for the final year of Baucus's term."

The Fix: Three reasons the White House is sending Baucus to China.














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