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No More USDA Nominees until September

Jerry Hagstrom
By  Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent
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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Tuesday he doesn’t expect nominees for posts requiring confirmation to come before the Senate until after the month-long congressional recess in August.

Perdue said the names of nominees for six positions, including that of deputy secretary, have been sent to the White House, but that he is “fearful” none of them will be ready for Senate confirmation before the summer recess.

Perdue blamed the slowness on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White House ethics office.

Perdue said “a rag-tag ‘SWAT’ team is doing a good job” helping him run USDA.

Asked about decisions being delayed due to lack of personnel in decision-making positions, Perdue said, “Not many decisions are piling up, but I’m tired of working 22 hours per day.”

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