Last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee easily approved Sonny Perdue’s nomination for the position of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary. The committee favorably reported his nomination by voice vote; however, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) was the lone vote of opposition. Gillibrand stood behind her vote, outlining her disapproval of Perdue’s management of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the state of Georgia while serving as governor. SNAP is a federal-aid program jointly administered by USDA and the states. She further noted the importance of SNAP to families in her home state of New York.
Perdue’s final hurdle before being sworn in as USDA Secretary is a vote by the full Senate.
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Source:National Law Review