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Perdue Confirmation Vote Not Likely for This Week
USAgNet - 04/05/2017

The U.S. Senate will not be taking a vote to confirm Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue this week. Instead, the Senate will be focusing time on a filibuster and confirmation vote for Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch.

The NAFB reports that with an upcoming recess, the delay means the vote for Perdue will not happen until late this month, at the earliest. The former Georgia Governor was the final cabinet nomination by President Donald Trump, made the day before Trump's inauguration. A wait on ethics papers delayed the process further.

Perdue's nomination was voted out of the Senate Agriculture Committee last week, with just one vote against the nomination. Agricultural groups are eager to see Perdue take his office at the Department of Agriculture.

Last week, a group of farm organizations signed a letter noting USDA has been without political leadership for over two months, longer than nearly every other Cabinet-level agency.

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