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Congressional Hearings on CBP Commissioner Nomination, Future of NAFTA

Thursday, December 07, 2017
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The Senate Finance Committee will hold an open executive session Dec. 7 at 2:00 p.m. EST to consider favorably reporting the nomination of Kevin McAleenan to be commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. McAleenan has served as acting CBP commissioner since Jan. 20 and in the spring he was nominated by President Trump to head the agency. As acting commissioner, McAleenan directs CBP’s three core missions (counterterrorism, border security, and trade enforcement) while facilitating U.S. trade and travel. Unlike recent commissioners selected from law enforcement backgrounds outside CBP, McAleenan has substantial experience with both trade facilitation and enforcement from within the agency.

Meanwhile, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade has scheduled a hearing for Dec. 12 at 2:00 p.m. EST to examine the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Several lawmakers have recently expressed concern about the real possibility of a U.S. withdrawal from the agreement, an issue that may come up at the hearing.

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