The White House has sent the Senate Agriculture Committee financial disclosure documents for Sonny Perdue, President Donald Trump’s Agriculture Secretary nominee. By sending the information to the committee, the White House has now opened a path to holding a confirmation hearing for Perdue. However, a committee spokesperson told the Hagstrom Report it is unlikely a hearing will be held until the week of March 20th because the committee will need a few days to review the paperwork, and the Senate will not be in session on Thursday and Friday. The Environmental Working Group claims that as Georgia’s governor, Perdue was “mired in ethical lapses” that “raise troubling questions about his fitness to run” the Department of Agriculture. A spokesperson for Perdue says that “political gamesmanship” was behind complaints of missteps by Perdue during his time as Georgia’s governor.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.