King, Perdue Agree: Confirm Bill Northey to USDA
Northey Nomination, FMD Vaccines Key Topics of House Agriculture Committee Hearing
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King released the following video of his questioning of United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue during today’s House Agriculture Committee hearing on “The State of the Rural Economy.” During his remarks, King discussed his support for, and efforts on behalf of, the confirmation of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to serve as the Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation at the United States Department of Agriculture. The King-Perdue exchange on Northey’s nomination occurs in the video from :35-1:45.
To watch the entirety of King’s exchange with Secretary Perdue, click this link.
King: “The nomination of our state Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, to be Undersecretary of Farm Production and Conservation in your department is very important to me, and I’m doing all I can, especially behind the scenes, to try to bring that together so that can be resolved.”
Perdue: “I would encourage you and all your colleagues to help in that regard . . . the frustrating part is this has nothing to do with Bill Northey, it’s a total other issue. . .I hope you will use your personal relationships in that regard to help us remove that hold as soon as possible.”
King: “I will continue that, Mr. Secretary.”
King also used today’s hearing to discuss his support for efforts to expand the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Vaccine Bank and to increase research and funding for a genetically modified FMD vaccine that can be produced within the United States.