Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the chamber will vote on former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Agriculture Secretary nomination April 24.
April 24 is the day the Senate returns from its two-week recess.
Perdue was nominated January 19, the day before President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Senate won’t take any procedural votes on Perdue. The one up-or-down vote the chamber will take requires 51 votes.
Perdue says he will be an advocate for the agriculture industry
During his confirmation hearing in March, Perdue told the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry he would be a “strong and tenacious” advocate for the agriculture industry by pushing international trade, working with and counseling the administration on issues important to the agriculture industry, improving the nations’ crop insurance program, and boosting research and technology in agriculture, among other things.
“I look forward to fighting for the producers of America,” Perdue said.
Agriculture groups, including the National Chicken Council (NCC), the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) have praised Trump’s choice of Perdue for Agriculture Secretary.
Sonny Perdue to get his day in the Senate after 13 week wait
WASHINGTON -- Mitch McConnell made some news as we were monitoring the 6th District debate. The majority leader announced, in the Senate's customarily byzantine way, that he has cut a deal with his Democratic counterpart setting when the chamber will vote on former Gov. Sonny Perdue's Cabinet nomination.