US Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as Donald Trump's agriculture secretary
13:00, Apr 25, 2017
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Farmer Troy Uphoff was out planting corn Monday morning, enjoying both a sunny spring day and the prospect that Sonny Perdue would soon be confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the nation's agriculture secretary. Now, that vacancy that has been officially filled by former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue by a vote of 87 to 11 during a April 24, 2017 Senate hearing.
First District Congressman Roger Marahall commented on the Senate confirmation vote. The son of a farmer from Bonaire, Ga., he will be the first Southerner in the post in more than two decades.
Trump on Tuesday will meet with members in the agriculture industry including the Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Zippy Duvall, the president of the American Farm Bureau, and various farmers and ranchers to discuss the issues facing the industry. "We look forward to the important contributions he will make to the nation's vital agricultural industry in this new role".
Additionally, NFU urges Perdue to quickly review and approve the Farmer Fair Practices Rules, "which will provide farmers and ranchers with basic protections against anti-competitive practices".
Perdue was last Cabinet-level pick to be announced by Trump, and it took weeks to submit his Senate paperwork as he looked to untie himself from his myriad business interests. He'll also be take the lead in the upcoming USA farm bill and farm trade work. He grew up on a dairy farm, got his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia and has had an ownership stake in fertilizer businesses, grain elevators and in an agricultural trucking company.
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"I stand as a willing partner to work with Secretary Perdue and President Trump to address this urgent issue", Baldwin said. The agency has a hand in promoting USA grain, meat and fiber to foreign buyers, regulates genetically engineered crops, inspects meatpacking plants and oversees the $71 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program. "We are confident he is the right man for the job at hand". "President Trump's budget proposal makes it clear that rural America is not a priority for this administration".
President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday that looks to help the USA agriculture business by establishing a task force to identify impediments to the business' growth.
That senate confirmation vote is expected any moment. The former classroom teacher served on Trump's agriculture advisory committee during the 2016 race and is also a cousin of Sen.
Perdue, whose confirmation stalled for months, did not have a hand in crafting that budget and has expressed support for numerous programs that could be cut. He also promised to reach out to Democrats, and several Democratic senators have said they will vote for him. He later vowed to step down from his business holding company and restructure his family trusts in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest.
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