U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm President Donald J. Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.
“I am thrilled to have a Secretary of Agriculture that will prioritize Montana’s number one economic driver,” Daines stated. “Secretary Perdue has extensive experience advocating for agriculture and will work to expand opportunities for Montana agriculture. I look forward to hosting Secretary Perdue in Montana.”
On March 23, 2017, Daines questioned Governor Sonny Perdue on trade and forest management reform during his nomination hearing. Daines also invited him to the Montana Ag Summit in Great Falls on May 31-June 1.
On February 1, 2017, Daines and Perdue met his Washington, D.C. office and discussed expanding access to foreign markets for Montana agriculture, ensuring Montana agriculture doesn’t face discrimination in any labeling decisions, completing an effective new farm bill by the end of FY18, opportunities for advancing forest management reform and increasing access to rural broadband.
On January 19, 2017, Daines praised Trump’s “excellent pick” for Secretary of Agriculture.
Daines is Montana’s only member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and is the Chairman of the Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources Subcommittee.