Hearing seen next week on U.S. trade nominee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Finance Committee could hold a long-awaited hearing next week on the nomination of former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk to be U.S. trade representative, industry sources said on Wednesday.

The sources, who spoke on condition they not be identified, said they had heard from both Democratic and Republican Senate staffers that the panel could hold the hearing on February 26.

That could set the stage for Kirk to win full Senate approval the following week.

A Senate Finance Committee spokesman did not respond to a request to confirm the hearing date.

President Barack Obama nominated Kirk two months ago to be his chief trade negotiator.

However, Senate action on the nomination has taken a back seat to a number of issues, including work on a huge economic stimulus package that Obama signed into law on Tuesday.

Reporting by Doug Palmer; editing by Chris Wilson