Senate Expected to Confirm Former Georgia Gov. Perdue as Agriculture Secretary
Apr 25, 2017, 13:07
"Secretary Perdue is a distinguished alumnus of the University of Georgia, and we are grateful for the tremendous support he has demonstrated for his alma mater over the years", said UGA President Jere W. Morehead in a press release.
"I'm glad a broad, bipartisan majority of the United States Senate voted to confirm Gov. Sonny Perdue to be U.S. Secretary of Agriculture".
In the floor debate ahead of the vote, the committee's ranking Democrat, Sen. "Perdue can make some deals", she added. Trump has proposed a 21 percent cut in USDA programs and has harshly criticized some global trade deals, saying they have killed American jobs. "Perdue proved he possesses the experience and expertise to lead in this pivotal role", Sen.
The son of a farmer from Bonaire, Georgia, Sonny Perdue will be the first Southerner in the post in more than two decades.
Perdue will take the helm. Perdue spoke passionately about farming - and farmers. It also means protecting risk management programs during a weak economy, and beginning preparations for the next farm bill. After Perdue, remaining nominees for Trump's Cabinet to be confirmed are Robert Lighthizer for US trade representative and Alexander Acosta for labor secretary.
The group noted that Perdue had earlier expressed support for improving the dairy Margin Protection Program so that it can serve as the effective safety net it was meant to be. "We look forward to working with the new Secretary to address issues facing Minnesota farmers and ranchers." . "Last week's budget proposal made it clear that rural America is not a top priority for this administration". That is absolutely critical as rural America struggles against the largest 4-year percentage decline in net farm income since the start of the Great Depression.
Opponents of his nomination continued to urge no votes on Monday. Many environmental groups remain skeptical of his roots in agribusiness. David Perdue (R-Ga.), who presided over Monday's vote.
With his confirmation, Secretary Perdue has a lot of work to do to finish the transition of government.
And in an unorthodox move, Sonny Perdue and several members of his family watched the vote from a visitors area overlooking the chamber.
"Tonight, he has been confirmed as our next Secretary of Agriculture and I could not be more proud for him, for our family, but most importantly, for our country".
Mississippian Mike Espy served as agriculture secretary under President Bill Clinton, leaving in 1994.
Nelson acknowledged hearing some regional-based concerns when Perdue was first named but said he was reassured during a meeting Sasse hosted between Perdue and other Nebraska farm groups.
"I know he will put the needs of farmers, ranchers and others in rural America first", Roberts said. I've heard time-and-time again that costly and hard-to-understand regulations have and are endangering the ability of our producers to stay in business. "I'm confident that he'll do everything he can to work with United Fresh and all of our industry to help us meet the many challenges and opportunities we have before us; his confirmation as Secretary of Agriculture is a great development for the entire fresh fruit and vegetable production chain".
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