Senate Could Vote This Week on Key USDA Nominees

The Senate could vote this week on Biden nominees for key USDA posts, as it wraps up most pre-election business but for a week or so in October.

Senate Ag Republicans last week complained about how long it’s taken for President Biden to name candidates for top USDA posts, especially in trade. Iowa’s Chuck Grassley; “We’ve been waiting for 20 months to get agricultural policy at the head of this administration. And this ought to move along very quickly, and it really ought to move next week by UC.”

UC refers to ‘unanimous consent’ of all 100 senators, thus allowing expedited confirmation of Alexis Taylor for Undersecretary for Trade, Jose Emilio Esteban for Undersecretary for Food Safety, and Vincent Garfield Logan for a seat on the Farm Credit Board.

Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow at last week’s hearing; “I hope next week, that we can get 100 percent of the Senate. In fact, what would be great, is to get a UC, Senator Grassley, on all three of these nominees that fill these positions. Hopefully, we can do that, we can work together.”

And, for good reason. Stabenow; “I strongly support each and every one of you in your nominations, moving forward. I know, as you can see from today, there’s strong bipartisan support from the committee, which speaks to each of you and the quality of your nomination.”

The Senate will likely go into a wrap-up session at the end of the week, where last-minute business is fast-tracked before the end of the fiscal year on Friday.

Related articles

Friday, December 2nd, 2022 Video and Audio Program

A busy week of trade and a volatile Friday session calls for a jam packed program to wrap up the week! First up, we are joined by DuWayne Bosse of Bolt Marketing to discuss the...

EPA Proposes RFS Volumes for 2023-2025 With Modest Boost for Conventional Ethanol; Not Everyone is Happy

The EPA is finally out with proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2023 through 2025, and the ethanol industry is mostly pleased. “A clear pathway for sustainable growth” and an “upward trajectory” for clean...

NCBA Applauds Protect Farmers from the SEC ACT in Senate

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association supports the Senate version of the Protect Farmers from the SEC Act, a companion bill to legislation introduced into the House of Representatives by Oklahoma Republican Frank Lucas. “The Securities...

USDA Expands Revenue Protection for Oat and Rye Producers

The country’s oat and rye producers can now benefit from revenue protection, a new crop insurance option available through the USDA. After listening to growers, the Risk Management Agency expanded the Small Grains Crop...

2022 Has Been a Challenge for Cattle Producers

Acknowledging every year has its ups and its down, Cameron Mulrony says 2022 was a challenging year for local cattle producers to say the least. Mulrony, the Executive Vice President of the Idaho Cattle Association...

Latest articles

%d bloggers like this: