March 24, 2017

Confirmation hearing goes smoothly for Sonny Perdue to become ag chief

Things could not have gone better for former Gov. Sonny Perdue at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday even if he had tried. The Trump administration’s nominee to lead the Department of Agriculture won praise from senators of both parties during his 2 1/2-hour turn before the Agriculture Committee, including the endorsement of the panel’s influential top Democrat, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. His confirmation appears all but assured – the real question is when that vote could occur. The tone at Thursday’s hearing was friendly and upbeat, a striking departure from the fiercely partisan battles that marked the confirmation debates of some of President Donald Trump’s other Cabinet picks, including that of former Georgia Congressman Tom Price, now the health secretary.  Read more

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