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Senate Panel Advances Vilsack Nomination to Lead USDA
USAgNet - 02/03/2021

Agriculture secretary-nominee Tom Vilsack received bipartisan praise from senators during his confirmation hearing Tuesday, with a Senate panel voting unanimously to advance his nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“It’s not lost on me ironically that this is Groundhog Day and I’m back again," Vilsack, 70, quipped in his opening remarks before the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Vilsack, who is president of the dairy lobby group the U.S. Dairy Export Council, served for eight years as head of the USDA under former President Obama. Before that, he was the governor of Iowa.

The Hill reports that Vilsack's nomination was advanced later in the day by a voice vote. It now heads to the full Senate, where it requires a simple majority.

Vilsack said he hopes to work to fight climate change, including partnering with Congress on efforts toward zero emission agriculture.

He was also pressed by senators on his stance on the biofuel industry.

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