The Senate confirmed former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer as Secretary of Agriculture this afternoon.
The former North Dakota governor was confirmed by unanimous consent after members of the North Dakota delegation asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to move his confirmation quickly so Schafer can attend the State of the Union Monday evening as a member of President Bush’s cabinet.
Commendable that Senators Conrad and Dorgan helped the confirmation move forward, considering the many political disagreements they’ve had with Schafer over the years. Sure, North Dakotans expected the courtesy, but the Senators really made an effort.
And congratulations, Mr. Secretary.
I appreciate that the Senate today unanimously confirmed Ed Schafer to be our next Secretary of Agriculture. As a two-term governor and business leader, Ed has distinguished himself as an executive with a proven record of results.
Ed will lead a Department that oversees our food, agriculture, natural resources, food safety, and health and nutrition programs. He will be an advocate for farmers, ranchers, and consumers as he works to open new markets for their products. And he will work with the Congress to pass a responsible farm bill that will provide a safety net for farmers and protect our lands and the environment, while at the same time ensuring federal tax dollars are spent wisely.
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