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Senator Baucus Now One Step Closer to being Next U.S. Ambassador to China

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From here in Montana, to Washington, and soon China, Senator Max Baucus' confirmation hearing today at our nations Capitol brings him one step closer to his diplomatic appointment.

At 8 A.M. Tuesday morning in Washington D.C. Senator Baucus sat in front of the Foreign Relations Committee in a 90 minute hearing addressing his appointment as the next U.S. Ambassador to China. 

For Baucus it was time for the tables to turn, as the six term Montana Democrat and Chairman of the Finance Committee, now had to answer an array of questions from fellow Senators regarding his potential new role replacing former Ambassador Gary Locke.

"Max Baucus has a fire in the belly to be the next Chinese Ambassador and he will represent this country very well in that capacity." said Senator Jon Tester.

Baucus has visited China eight times during his career and committee members dropped a variety of questions regarding China's human rights record, trade policies, China's role in Asia and the world.

"Open skies, open seas, to maintain security in the world." said Baucus.  

Chairman of the committee, Democrat Senator Robert Menndez from New Jersey, told Baucus he was sure he will be confirmed. They will probably vote February 4th sending the decision to the Senate.

Now when he is officially confirmed, for Montana that would leave his Senate seat up for grabs as Governor Steve Bullock has to make a decision on who will replace him in the interim spot.

Bullock has yet to tell if he has made a decision on who will fill in Baucus' seat, but has commented saying will make the decision quickly when it is time.


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