Thune Talks Business with Designated Secretary of Commerce Nominee Wilbur Ross

December 6, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, issued the following statement following a meeting this morning with President-elect Donald Trump’s designated nominee for Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross.

“Mr. Ross spent his career revitalizing struggling businesses and he understands the ability of our nation’s job creators to compete when given a level playing field and commonsense relief from federal red tape. His optimism about U.S. production and manufacturing will refresh Americans who have felt left behind or told they can’t compete.

“He is eager to get to work at the Department of Commerce. We discussed the confirmation process as well as the steps and information the committee will require under our precedent to advance his nomination without delay. I appreciate his willingness to bring his successful experience in the private sector to public service and I look forward to working with him.”

The Senate Commerce Committee has legislative jurisdiction for the Department of Commerce including nominations subject to Senate confirmation.