Perdue Defends USDA Reorganization Plans, Outlines Agency Priorities

Perdue defends USDA reorganization plans, outlines agency priorities

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2017 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue vigorously defended his reorganization plan for USDA, saying it would enable the department to move “quickly and nimbly” to address rural development needs, but he and aides later backed off some key descriptions.
Making his first appearance before lawmakers since he took office last month, Perdue enjoyed friendly give and take, easing any concerns among House Agriculture Committee members about his reorganization proposal to create a new undersecretary for trade and eliminate the undersecretary for rural development.
“We’re going to have an assistant secretary directly reporting to me that will be the …

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