Perdue Plans on Bipartisan Leadership as USDA Chief

March 24, 2017 11:53 AM

Nine weeks have passed since Donald Trump was sworn as the 45th president. His choice to lead the Department of Agriculture gets his time before the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Former Georgia governor and agribusiness owner Sonny Perdue went before the committee on Thursday for his confirmation hearing.

His nomination by President Trump was not announced until two days before the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20.

A variety of ag groups have expressed concern that the background checks have taken a long time, leaving the ag department without leadership.

During the hearing, Perdue said he can work across party lines.

“In Georgia, agriculture is one area where Democrats and Republicans have consistently reached across the aisle and worked together,” said Perdue. “I’m pleased to know the reaching across the aisle is common practice in this committee where partisanship doesn’t get in the way for good solutions for America’s farmers and ranchers.”

Before the hearing, AgriTalk host Mike Adams talked with Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., chair of the Senate Ag Committee, about Perdue’s credentials to serve in this administration.

“He’ll receive bipartisan support in the committee,” said Roberts. “Other than some political regurgitation from his campaign in Georgia, he’s in pretty good shape. I look forward to his confirmation.”

Listen to Roberts' full comments on AgriTalk above.

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