WASHINGTON - A congressional agreement to fund the government for the rest of fiscal 2017 largely rejects President Trump’s proposed cuts in food aid, research and other agricultural programs but also fails to provide new farm bill assistance sought by cotton and dairy producers.
WASHINGTON — The Senate will vote April 24 on the confirmation of Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary after lawmakers return from their upcoming two-week Easter recess. Senate leaders scheduled the vote after Democrats blocked action on the former Georgia governor's nomination this week, preventing him from starting work at USDA before the recess. "Democrats seem to want to drag out everything and run all the time off the clock. We just ran out of time," Senate GOP Whip John Cornyn of Texas said of the Perdue nomination.