Exclusive: Senator Cotton delays vote on Biden’s pick for powerful China job at Commerce

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By Alexandra Alper and Karen Freifeld WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Tom Cotton is holding up a vote to confirm Alan Estevez as the U.S. Commerce Department’s undersecretary for industry and security until he gets answers to difficult questions about technology exports to China. In a letter dated Oct. 14 and seen by Reuters, Cotton asks Estevez to commit to strengthening U.S. restrictions on exporting semiconductor software and technology to China and to accelerating the roll-out of new rules to tighten export controls for advanced technologies. The letter, also signed by Republican…

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