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Thornberry Votes to Establish New Business Diplomat

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted this week to establish a new diplomatic position for business matters.

According to a roll call vote from the U.S. House of Representatives, Thornberry joined a majority of House members in backing the Championing American Business Through Diplomacy Act of 2019 on Tuesday. House members voted 400-16 to approve the bill, with all against votes coming from House Republicans.

The bill, according to the U.S. House, establishes the position of Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Matters within the Department of State. The position will be responsible for “international economics and business matters in public policy.”

The bill was authored by Texas Republican Michael McCaul, and will now head to the U.S. Senate for a vote.

Photo by Speaker Paul Ryan’s Office

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