Senate Confirms Ex-Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue As Agriculture Secretary

Born in Perry, Georgia, Perdue served as the 81st Governor for the state from 2003-2011, as well as having been a Member of the Georgia Senate from 1991-2002. "President Trump's budget proposal makes it clear that rural America is not a top priority for his administration". As governor of Georgia, Perdue enacted strict food-safety regulations after a deadly salmonella outbreak was traced to peanut butter from Georgia.

Perdue, whose confirmation stalled for months, did not have a hand in crafting that budget and has expressed support for numerous programs that could be cut. "We look forward to working with him and supporting him as he works to open up new markets around the world but also dignify those market access issues with sound marketing programs".

Perdue, 70, was nominated to lead the agency on January 19, just days before President Trump was sworn in as president of the United States.

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The mission said North Korea will "surely win a victory in the death-defying struggle against the USA imperialists". The testimony was the latest sobering reminder of growing USA alarm about North Korean capabilities.

"The best representative for ag will be Sonny Perdue", said Johanns.

Isakson said in a speech on the Senate floor that Perdue's "experience and leadership in public service, business and agriculture will benefit our nation".

Clements: Moore says one of the first things for Agriculture Secretary Perdue is meeting with President Donald Trump and a group of farmers at the White House, including AFBF President Zippy Duvall. Perdue eventually said he would step down from several companies bearing his name to avoid conflicts of interest. NMPF looks forward to working with Secretary Perdue and his staff at USDA to improve the tools available to dairy farmers to help manage the economic and natural risks they face.

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It was one of four counties that saw its unemployment rate drop by 0.7 percent, along with Mercer, Putnam and Van Wert counties. All of the five Kansas counties surrounding Labette also had seasonally unadjusted unemployment reductions in March.

Senator Perdue said, "I rise tonight to speak briefly about our new Secretary of Agriculture, my first cousin, Sonny Perdue".

"The cooperative relationship we have developed over the years will prove a great asset as we work together to ensure our farmers, ranchers, foresters, agribusinesses, and consumers have the resources they need to prosper in today's competitive and global environment".

After Perdue, remaining nominees for Trump's Cabinet to be confirmed are Robert Lighthizer for US trade representative and Alexander Acosta for labor secretary. Trump has nominated Florida International University College of Law dean Alexander Acosta, with Republicans planning to put him up to a confirmation vote as soon as this week.

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It is expected to reflect his pledge to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 per cent. Experts throw cold water on that idea, since there is no evidence that tax cuts pay for themselves.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY also talked to Trump about the dairy issue last week in a rare phone call between the two men.

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