The delay has led to frustration and some uneasiness on the part of Perdue’s allies, farm state lawmakers and Republican U.S. Rep. Pat Roberts of Kansas. Roberts, the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, has underscored the need to quickly install a new agriculture head.
“We will try to expedite it. I know the ranking member would like to expedite it,” Roberts said earlier Thursday of a hearing. “We need somebody down at the Department to be a true champion for the producer and farmers and ranchers.”