The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a business meeting Wednesday to consider the nomination of Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary. Committee Chairman, Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, announced the meeting Tuesday. A favorable vote for Perdue will move the former Georgia Governor a step closer to taking his post at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s unclear, however, whether the full Senate will then move to confirm Perdue before it leaves for its two-week April recess at the end of next week. The Atlanta Constitution-Journal reports that if senators don’t get to Perdue before they leave, he won’t be able to get sworn in until the last week of April, at the earliest. When asked if the Senate will confirm Perdue before the Easter break, Chairman Roberts replied: “Hope springs eternal.”
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.