Schafer Confirmation Hearing

Ag Secretary nominee appears before Senate Agriculture Committee.

Former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer goes before the Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday to begin the process of confirming him as the next Secretary of Agriculture.

Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, plans to ask Schafer about enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act and wants a commitment to tighten up the definition of "actively engaged in farming." However Grassley says there are a couple of reasons this hearing shouldn't be controversial.

"First, I think Governor Schafer is a good nominee; well qualified," Grassley says. "Second, it's only for the next year. In fact he won't be in office for a full 12 months."

Once Schafer's nomination is approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee, it will be sent to the floor for a vote of the full Senate.

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