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Baucus schedules session on trade agreements, nominations

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., will hold a markup session Tuesday on the pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama, and to vote on four nominations President Barack Obama has made for positions that require Senate confirmation.

The nominees include Michael Punke to be a deputy U.S. trade representative and U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, and Islam A. Siddiqui to be chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Punke and Siddiqui are both serving in those positions under recess appointments.

The other nominees to be considered are Paul Piquado to be an assistant secretary of Commerce, and David S. Johanson to be a member of the U.S. International Trade Commission.