WASHINGTON, April 16- U.S. president Sarah Bianchi plans to nominate a long-time Senate staffer Jayme White and former White House Official Joe Biden to serve as deputies for U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, the White House announced on Friday.
White, currently the Chief Trade Advisor for the Senate Finance Committee, has worked for 20 years in the Senate on nearly every major trade issue and trade legislation, the White House said in a statement.
Jayme White has spent two decades working to ensure that American trade policies empower American workers and promotes a sustainable environment, the statement said.
White grew up in Seattle, Washington, and his family members were union workers for Boeing, the largest US exporter.
Bianchi, currently a senior managing director at Evercore ISI Investment Banking Advisors LLC, held various positions during the administrations of former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Her roles included serving as vice president of economic and domestic policy, then the Vice President Biden, where she coordinated policy initiatives on workforce competitiveness, manufacturing and budget negotiations.
Bianchi, who also previously worked at the asset manager BlackRock Inc. and served as Head of Global Policy Development at Airbnb, has served as Senior Advisor for the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware.
Biden and his chief trade negotiator Katherine Tai have reiterated their strong support for organized labor and have vowed to pursue a trade policy that focuses on workers rights, the protection of the environment and human rights.
White worked closely with Tai to strengthen the U.S.-Canada trade agreement that took effect in July and add enforceable measures on labor and environmental issues.
On Thursday Tai vowed to strictly enforce the USMCA, saying that it contained the most comprehensive environmental standards of any United States or global trade agreement, although she acknowledged that its failure to explicitly acknowledge climate change was a glaring omission.
Executive chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Tai backed his long-time aide Wyden to serve as White's deputy.
From 2000 to 2009, Wyden served as the legislative advisor to former Senator Jim McDermotte before joining White's office as the legislative director in 2014. He then moved into his current role as chief trade adviser in 2014.
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