By  on March 4, 2010

WASHINGTON — Senators voiced bipartisan skepticism about President Obama’s initiative to double exports in five years, pressing U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk at a hearing Wednesday for details on how the administration could achieve such an ambitious goal.

Kirk was questioned as House Ways & Means chairman Charles Rangel (D., N.Y.), a champion of trade benefits for developing countries, said he was temporarily stepping down from his powerful post. Rangel’s decision came after the House ethics committee admonished him for taking corporate-sponsored trips to a Caribbean conference. He is also the focus of a broader ethics investigation.

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