King: “Northey’s Confirmation is a Win for American Ag and American Biofuels”
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King released the following statement following the Senate’s confirmation of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to serve as Undersecretary for Farm and Conservation Programs at the United States Department of Agriculture. Northey, whose nomination by President Donald Trump had been delayed by members of the United States Senate, was confirmed to the USDA position following a voice vote this afternoon.
Congressman Steve King (right) and newly confirmed USDA Undersecretary for Farm and Conservation Programs, Bill Northey, during the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture’s Winter Policy Conference in Washington D.C.
“When I invited Bill Northey to attend the State of the Union with me, I hoped that the Senators blocking Bill’s nomination would rethink their hold when publicly confronted with the reality of their obstruction,” said King. “Today’s welcome news is the culmination of multiple private meetings, phone calls, and public appeals I and others made on Bill’s behalf.
No one has ever disputed Secretary Northey’s qualifications to serve at the USDA, and President Trump could not have made a better choice for this important position. Bill Northey’s confirmation is a win for American agriculture and a win for American biofuels, and I congratulate him on his confirmation to serve as the Undersecretary for Farm and Conservation Programs at the United States Department of Agriculture.”