April 24, 2017
The Senate plans to vote on the confirmation of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue today, according to an AP story.
The Senate will convene at 3 p.m. Eastern time to consider the nomination, according to the U.S. Senate.
Perdue would be the first Southerner to serve as agriculture secretary since Michael Espy, who served from January 1993 to December 1994.
Perdue was the last cabinet level nominee announced by the Trump administration and his hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee was delayed by the Office of Government Ethics, the office that examined Perdue's proposal to avoid conflicts of interest while running USDA, according to the New York Times.
His hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee was March 23. The hearing was friendly and on March 30, the committee voted to favorable report Perdue to serve as the 31st Secretary of Agriculture.
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