Senate Confirms Sonny Perdue to be 31st US Department of Agriculture SecretaryMon, 24 Apr 2017 17:19:07 CDT
The Trump Administration finally has a US Secretary of Agriculture. Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue was confirmed by a vote of 87 to 11, with his cousin, Senator David Perdue of Georgia, voting present.
One of the first news releases praising the Senate vote came from the Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Mike Conaway of Texas.
“Today is a great day for American agriculture. Secretary Perdue is a strong friend of America's farmers and ranchers, and I know he will work to ensure that agriculture is a top priority in the new Administration.
“President Trump has made it clear he supports a good farm bill that is delivered on time and includes a strong safety net for our nation’s farmers. 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. It is good to have someone at the table fighting on behalf of rural America, and I look forward to working with Secretary Perdue as we develop a strong farm bill that improves the lives of America’s farmers and ranchers.”
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