U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee and chair of the Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy, today questioned President Trump’s nominee to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, at his confirmation hearing.
Senator Ernst began her questioning by addressing the downturn in the agricultural economy, which is hurting farmers and ranchers across Iowa, especially young and beginning farmers. Senator Ernst also addressed with Mr. Perdue the unnecessary burden of regulations, and received a commitment from the USDA nominee that he will collaborate with Administrator Pruitt of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies to roll back these harmful mandates. Additionally, the Iowa Senator asked Mr. Perdue to fill the Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs position as directed by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill.