Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a member of the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, made the following statement after the confirmation of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
“I’m glad a broad, bipartisan majority of the United States Senate voted to confirm Gov. Sonny Perdue to be U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Based on my conversations with Gov. Perdue and his long record of public service, I’m confident that he will hit the ground running in his new job. Gov. Perdue’s leadership at the Department of Agriculture will be particularly important as the issue of international trade is debated in Congress and by the Administration. I plan to work closely with the new secretary on American trade interests, especially with regard to agricultural exports. U.S. farmers rely on existing export markets for much of their livelihood, and they deserve access to new markets wherever it makes sense. I also look forward to working with Gov. Perdue and consulting his department for its technical expertise as a new Farm Bill is crafted later this year.”