Baucus Confirmed to be Ambassador to China
February 7, 2014
The Senate Thursday voted to confirm the appointment of Sen. Max Baucus (Mont.) as the next ambassador to the People's Republic of China. The nomination passed with 96 votes for the measure and none against; Baucus himself voted "present." He had previously announced that he would not seek a sixth term in office.
Baucus has served as a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, working on several iterations of the Farm Bill, and, more recently, as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
In his statement, Baucus shared anecdotes on how working friendships have paved the way to some of his most important policy achievements. He also highlighted two life-saving pieces of legislation he found most meaningful in spearheading: expanded post-traumatic stress disorder screenings for all members of the military and the Affordable Care Act.
"Baucus has been a strong supporter of the 81,000 farm and ranch families that raise sheep in America," said Peter Orwick, executive director of the American Sheep Industry Association. A 10-minute video recognizing the accomplishments in Baucus's career can be viewed at www.northernag.net/AGNews/tabid/171/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/8915/Baucus-Confirmed-to-be-Ambassador-to-China.aspx.