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Roberts: We’ll work quickly to get Perdue in place

Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) speaks at Agri-Pulse forum at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. March 20, 2017. Photo: Ben Nuelle

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The Senate Agriculture Committee is holding a hearing on USDA Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue Thursday.

The hearing for Perdue begins at nine in the morning central time. It comes as welcomed news with National Agriculture Day taking place Tuesday. Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts says they will work as quickly as possible to get Perdue confirmed and settled in at the USDA.

“Now more than ever, agriculture needs a voice and a champion at the highest levels of government. As the Senate receives nominations for subcabinet positions and other roles in our jurisdiction, the Senate Ag Committee will do its work on behalf of all of our constituents.”

Ranking member Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat agrees.

“Agriculture Committee, certainly in the Senate, is where Senator Roberts and I try to keep a cone of bipartisanship where we try to work together on agriculture and food policy. We try to avoid some of the challenges and tensions that are around in other committees, Stabenow says.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper reports U.S. Representative David Scott, a Democrat from Atlanta, Georgia, will introduce Perdue at his Senate Ag Committee confirmation hearing today. Scott claims him as an old friend.