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Senate to Vote on Perdue Nomination on April 24
USAgNet - 04/07/2017

Following a unanimous consent request from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Senate is now scheduled to vote at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 24, on President Trump's nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be Agriculture Secretary.

The vote comes after the Senate Agriculture Committee held a confirmation hearing on his nomination on March 23, and a vote out of Committee on March 30. Last Friday, a coalition of 16 agriculture organizations sent a letter to Senate leadership urging them to bring up Governor Perdue for a vote as quickly as possible.

The Department of Agriculture has been without a confirmed Secretary for over two months. This week, the Senate has been debating the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, which has consumed most of the floor time for the week. Additionally, the Senate Finance Committee was slated to hold a vote on the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to serve as the U.S. Trade Representative this week, but the Committee vote was unable to move forward. Following this week, both the Senate and House of Representatives will have two weeks of recess before returning into session on April 24. That week will be busy, starting with a confirmation vote on Perdue followed by necessary action to pass a funding bill for the remainder of FY 2017 prior to the expiration of the current Continuing Resolution on April 28.

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