White House officials got a rare bit of good news today with the Senate easily confirming Robert Lighthizer as the U.S. trade representative. A White House source told Axios:
It took way longer than it should have to put a clearly qualified person in this post but we're glad it's finally done
Why this matters: Without Lighthizer, Trump couldn't begin to tackle his major trade priorities like renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA.) Per the WSJ, "The slowdown has irritated Mexican and Canadian leaders, who say the uncertainty over the region's trade rules has chilled investment."