Obama proposal to merge six agencies is questioned

Jan 17, 2012 | 01:05 PM | Catherine Ngai

Tags  USTR, Commerce Department, David Phelps, AIIS, Obama, Dave Camp, Max Baucus, Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — Several lawmakers and industry groups are asking President Obama to re-examine or clarify his proposal to merge six key trade and business departments.

"Everyone agrees we must do more to ensure that our government runs efficiently. . . . We are concerned about the impact that the President’s proposal could have on the ability of the United States to aggressively open new markets to American-made goods and services and create U.S. jobs," Sen. Max Baucus (D., Mont.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep.....

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