The Senate Ag Committee will at long last take a vote to confirm Ted McKinney as Under Secretary of Agriculture. Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow have announced the Committee will hold a business meeting to consider the nominations of Stephen Censky, of Missouri to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; and Ted McKinney, of Indiana to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
It is expected that McKinney and Censky will be approved and have their names sent to the full Senate for final approval. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has stated he has wanted McKinney and Censky on the job several months ago. Perdue, who has been on the job since April, has been waiting for Congress to confirm the nominations so he can continue the work of reorganizing USDA and taking action to stimulate U.S. agricultural exports. Both McKinney and Cinsky have been endorsed by most major farm organizations.