Morning Agriculture: Six Weeks, No Sonny — R-CALF Floats Herbster to Be Deputy Ag Sec — Perry Dances His Way to Energy

SIX WEEKS, NO SONNY: The Senate is still waiting for the White House to send over paperwork like financial disclosure forms, an ethics clearance and an FBI background check for Agriculture secretary nominee Sonny Perdue — six weeks after he was tapped for the job, a source close to his confirmation process told MA. Movement on the former Georgia governor’s nomination is expected within the week, the source said. The next step is for the Senate Agriculture Committee to set a date for his confirmation hearing. Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is eager to pencil in a date and has expressed frustration about the delay both to reporters on Capitol Hill and during the committee’s field hearing on the farm bill in Manhattan, Kan., last week.

Farm-state senators like Roberts and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Judiciary Committee and a member of the agriculture panel, said they don’t know the reason for the holdup. “Perdue’s expected to be approved, but I have not heard a reason why his name hasn’t come up,” Grassley told reporters Wednesday…

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