(Washington, D.C., January 2, 2021) – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. issued the following statement after the committee hearing of Tom Vilsack to be the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Senator Marshall attended the hearing in person.
“Former Secretary Tom Vilsack’s background as a governor and of course as the former Secretary of Agriculture make him a good fit to lead the USDA during these unprecedented times for our farmers and ranchers,” said Senator Marshall. “While Former Secretary Vilsack and I have a relationship going back to his time at the U.S. Dairy Export Council, yesterday we had a great meeting about the state of Kansas agriculture, the importance of trade, biofuels, and reducing regulations. While we may have our differences on a handful of issues, I look forward to working hand-in-hand with Former Secretary Vilsack and the entire USDA team as we help producers navigate COVID-19 and as we look toward crafting the next farm bill. I was particularly glad to hear his priority for CCC funding is our Title I Farm Bill Programs. Just as Kansas agriculture groups unanimously support Former Secretary Vilsack, I intend to support his nomination when it is brought to the Senate floor for a vote.”