Former congressman Mike Espy, who served as Agriculture Secretary during the Clinton administration, has made it official. The Democrat announced last week that he’s running for the U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi recently vacated by Republican Thad Cochran.
The Senate Agriculture Committee approved the nomination of Stephen Vaden to become USDA’s general counsel, but he could face stiffer Democratic opposition on the Senate floor after the panel's top Democrat raised new concerns about the reassignment of career personnel in the department.
Congressional Republicans this week step up efforts to finalize a sweeping package of tax cuts, while the Senate Agriculture Committee’s GOP majority attempts to advance another of President Trump’s nominees for the Agriculture Department.
Stephen Vaden, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the USDA’s top lawyer, took a bruising today from Democrats on the Senate Agriculture Committee who raised concerns about his qualifications and what he's written in the past about voting rights.