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    By: KDKA-TV News Staff WASHINGTON (KDKA) – Pittsburgh-native Tom Vilsack is once again the United States Secretary of Agriculture. READ MORE: Pa. Lawmakers Unhappy Over Proposed Bridge Tolls Reminded Of 2012 Law That Made It Possible The U.S. Senate confirmed Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture by a vote of 92-7 on Tuesday. READ MORE: W. Va. State Board Of Education Recommends Younger Children Return To Classroom Vilsack was born and raised in Squirrel Hill and is a graduate of Shady Side Academy. MORE NEWS: Teachers In Pittsburgh Public Schools Feel Blindsided After District Releases Plan For Return To In-Person Learning This is the second time that Vilsack is serving as Secretary of Agriculture after he was in the same position for eight years under President Barack Obama.
    The U.S. Senate has confirmed Tom Vilsack to serve as the Secretary of Agriculture in Joe Biden’s administration, making him the ninth cabinet member to be confirmed. Vilsack, who previously served as Iowa’s governor and also as former President Barack Obama’s Agriculture Secretary, was met with a bipartisan vote of 92-7. “We’re going to be a USDA that represents and serves all Americans,” Vilsack said after the vote. “I am optimistic about the future and believe our brightest days are ahead.” U.S. Senate CONFIRMS Tom Vilsack to be Secretary of Agriculture, 92-7. pic.twitter.com/tLX397cbJJ — CSPAN (@cspan) February 23, 2021 Vilsack’s confirmation was also met with bipartisan opposition. Those who voted “nay” on Vilsack’s confirmation include Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). With eight years of experience leading the Agriculture...
    The United States Senate voted 92-7 on Tuesday to confirm Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture. By Miamimundo / telemundo51 Vilsack was expected to have no trouble getting his confirmation after receiving unanimous support from the Senate Agriculture committee and the backing of several highly influential Republican senators, including Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham. Senator Bernie Sanders was the only Democrat who voted against Vilsack. The one chosen by President Joe Biden to head the Department of Agriculture had been harshly criticized by civil rights activists, saying that Vilsack had not done enough the first time he served as Secretary of Agriculture to remove racism from the agency or to provide his support for black farmers. The Department of Agriculture is a particularly important agency during the pandemic; an estimated 50 million Americans are food insecure. Vilsack, 70, served from 2009 to 2017, during the Barack Obama...
    The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to lead the Department of Agriculture Tuesday afternoon. Vilsack, who led the department for eight years under President Barack Obama, was confirmed 92-7 Tuesday, and is the ninth member of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet to receive Senate confirmation. Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders voted against him, becoming the first non-GOP senator to vote against one of Biden’s Cabinet nominees. Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott were the additional “no” votes. Vilsack, who leads the lobbying group U.S. Dairy Export Council, received bipartisan praise during his confirmation hearing but received some pushback from progressives following his nomination. Biden selected Vilsack over Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, for whom progressive organizations had lobbied. Fudge was later nominated to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development....
    President Biden’s Cabinet secured another key appointment Monday after the Senate voted to approve Tom Vilsack as the next agriculture secretary. The Senate confirmed Vilsack’s nomination by a 92-7 vote. Vilsack received bipartisan support, with prominent GOP Senators Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham among those who cast votes in his favor. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, voted against Vilsack’s confirmation. As head of the department of agriculture, Vilsack will oversee the Biden administration’s effort to introduce climate-friendly food production practices. He will also be responsible for implementing enhanced food assistance programs Biden has championed to help struggling Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. TOM VILSACK: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT BIDEN'S AGRICULTURE SECRETARY PICK "He wasn’t anxious to come back, he wasn’t looking for this job, but I was persistent and I asked him to serve again in this role because he knows the USDA inside and...
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    (CNN)The Senate confirmed Tom Vilsack as President Joe Biden's agriculture secretary, sending the former Iowa governor to the same Cabinet position he served for the entirety of the Obama administration. The vote was 92-7.Vilsack, 70, will now be tasked with helping farmers hard hit by former President Donald Trump's trade wars and the coronavirus pandemic, which has sickened thousands of workers at meatpacking plants. During his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Vilsack made clear the challenges facing the Department of Agriculture are different than 12 years ago."The world and our nation are different today than when I served as agriculture secretary in a previous administration," Vilsack said. "Today, the pandemic, racial justice and equity and climate change must be our priorities."Read MoreBiden announced the pick in December, praising Vilsack for his effort implementing the Recovery Act after the Great Recession, expanding markets for farmers, improving food safety standards and helping...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate votes 92-7 to confirm Tom Vilsack for second run as Agriculture Secretary. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Senate Agricultural Committee has advanced President Biden’s nomination of Tom Vilsack to become the next Secretary of Agriculture. The former Iowa governor was the Agriculture secretary for eight years under President Obama. The Senate is likely to confirm Vilsack easily. But progressives are angry about Biden’s choice. But Michael Stovall, the founder of the Black growers coalition Independent Black Farmers, says that Vilsack’s appointment would be bad both for minority farmers and agriculture more broadly: “Vilsack is not good for the agriculture industry, period. When it comes to civil rights, the rights of people, he’s not for that.” Others support Vilsack’s appointment, citing his experience. Speaking to Politico, an anonymous source defended Vilsack’s civil rights record, noting that he created the first Minority Farmers Advisory Committee and the Office of Advocacy and Outreach. The latter serves small farms and socially disadvantaged farmers. Problems with Vilsack and the Progressives’...
    CHRISTIE Vilsack, who served as the first lady of Iowa for eight years, has dedicated her life to education and public service. She is married to Tom Vilsack, who is Joe Biden's choice to become secretary of agriculture. 4Tom Vilsack and Christie Vilsack in 2017Credit: Getty Images - Getty Who is Christie Vilsack? Literacy advocate Christie Vilsack served as first lady of Iowa from 1999 to 2007. Both Christie and her husband have been working for Colorado State University since 2017, and Christie previously taught secondary and college English and journalism for 25 years. Christie, who is 70, was born and raised in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and is a graduate and charter class member of Kirkland College in Clinton, New York. 4Thomas Vilsack with his wife Christie during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee on Capitol Hill on January 14, 2009 in WashingtonCredit: Getty Images -...
    Once and future US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in 2016, during his first stint on the job. Thais Llorca/EFE via ZUMA Press Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.On Feb. 2, the Senate Agriculture Committee will meet to consider the nomination of erstwhile dairy-industry marketing executive Tom Vilsack as secretary of the US Department of Agriculture. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the committee’s top Democrat and likely next chair, signalled that Vilsack, who led the USDA during the entire Obama administration, will have an easy path to confirmation. “People know him and trust him,” Stabenow told reporters last week, according to Roll Call.  “He certainly has broad, deep and wide knowledge of all aspects of agriculture and probably one of our top advocates for rural communities in the country.” But while...
    President-elect Joe Biden is already struggling to satisfy more liberal Democrats, many of whom are enraged he picked a 69-year-old white man with a questionable civil rights record to lead his Department of Agriculture. Tom Vilsack, Iowa's two-term governor, is set to reprise his role as agriculture secretary, a position he held for the entirety of former President Barack Obama's eight-year administration. Even if far-left Democrats are seething over Biden's decision to name him nominee-designate. Liberal dissent reached a crescendo this week after private complaints about Vilsack made during a conversation between Biden and civil rights activists were publicly aired. In a recording leaked to the far-left outlet the Intercept, NAACP President Derrick Johnson warned Biden that selecting Vilsack may backfire on Democrats running in the two Georgia Senate runoff elections that will determine which party controls the chamber next Congress. Johnson, in particular, cited Vilsack's 2010 firing of...
    By MARY CLARE JALONICK and THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has spent years, if not decades, telling his fellow Democrats they needed to do more to aid rural communities and reach out to them. But he has often lamented that no one listened. Now, he’s going to try again. President-elect Joe Biden nominated Vilsack, a former Iowa governor and Democratic presidential candidate, to return to his old job at the Agriculture Department, saying his eight years of experience there under former President Barack Obama would ensure quicker help to rural and poor areas that are “reeling” from the pandemic and economic downturn. “He wasn’t anxious to come back, he wasn’t looking for this job, but I was persistent and I asked him to serve again in this role because he knows the USDA inside and out, he knows the government inside and out,”...
    WASHINGTON – Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has spent years, if not decades, telling his fellow Democrats they needed to do more to aid rural communities and reach out to them. But he has often lamented that no one listened. Now, he’s going to try again. President-elect Joe Biden nominated Vilsack, a former Iowa governor and Democratic presidential candidate, to return to his old job at the Agriculture Department, saying his eight years of experience there under former President Barack Obama would ensure quicker help to rural and poor areas that are “reeling” from the pandemic and economic downturn. “He wasn’t anxious to come back, he wasn’t looking for this job, but I was persistent and I asked him to serve again in this role because he knows the USDA inside and out, he knows the government inside and out,” Biden said of Vilsack, who turns 70...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden made two key domestic policy picks, selecting Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge as his housing and urban development secretary and former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to reprise that role in his administration, according to five people familiar with the decisions.The picks on Tuesday highlighted Biden's delicate balancing act as he builds out his Cabinet, seeking to diversify his picks and reward the coalitions that helped elect him while also following his instincts to surround himself with close allies who served in the Obama administration.Fudge, a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, was just elected to a seventh term representing a majority Black district that includes parts of Cleveland and Akron. Vilsack spent eight years as head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the Obama administration and served two terms as Iowa governor.Their intended nominations were confirmed to The Associated Press by five people familiar...
    U.S. news outlets say President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Democratic Representative Marcia Fudge to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development.    Biden will also nominate Tom Vilsack to lead the Agriculture Department, a job he held for eight years under former President Barack Obama, for whom Biden served as vice president.  Vilsack is also a former governor of the midwestern state of Iowa, one of the nation’s crucial agricultural states.    FILE - Former United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack speaks at a campaign stop for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, in Burlington, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2020.Supporters of Fudge, a veteran Ohio lawmaker, including South Carolina Representative James Clyburn, who played a key role in helping Biden secure the Democratic presidential nomination, had called on the president-elect to nominate her as agriculture secretary, citing her focus on reducing hunger as a member of...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Tom Vilsack to lead the Department of Agriculture, two sources familiar with the matter said.One source tells CNN that the announcement is expected later this week.If Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, is ultimately selected, he would be the latest example of how of President-elect Joe Biden is filling his Cabinet and surrounding himself with longtime advisers, loyal supporters or experts in their respective fields with whom he has a great degree of comfort.Vilsack and his wife, Christie, endorsed Biden during the Iowa caucuses and campaigned aggressively for him. Biden finished fourth place, which at the time he called "a gut punch," but he repeatedly expressed his gratitude to the Vilsacks for their support.Biden Transition 'Amtrak Joe' could arrive for his inauguration by train More than 1,000 Black women urge Biden to choose more Black women for his Cabinet Biden picks retired Gen....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — AP source: President-elect Joe Biden plans to tap former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to reprise role as agriculture secretary. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Tom Vilsack, the former Iowa governor and agriculture secretary under President Barack Obama, has been tapped to return to the role under Joe Biden, according to reports. Vilsack served as Governor from 1999 to 2007 before serving in the cabinet as Agriculture Secretary for all of Obama's presidency. The announcement could come as soon as this week, according to Axios. Biden has thus far built an administration rooted in former Obama officials. He was a top rural and agriculture policy adviser to Biden's presidential campaign and had emerged as the "preferred choice of Biden's inner circle", according to Politico. In the weeks leading up to the selection, the names of two possible appointments rose to the fore as the most likely to be chosen. Former North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who was considered for the role in 2016 by President Trump, was floated as a possibility. Activists were...
    Tom Vilsack, President-elect Joe Biden’s likely pick to lead the Department of Agriculture, mulled a resignation from that same position during Barack Obama’s presidency because he had “literally nothing to do.” Former Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack informed former President Barack Obama during a 2015 Oval Office meeting that he wanted to resign citing the boredom of the job, The Washington Post reported. Now, five years later, President-elect Joe Biden is strongly considering Vilsack for that same position he held throughout the Obama administration, transition officials told Politico. “There are days when I have literally nothing to do,” Vilsack recalled thinking as he considered resigning, according to the Post. (RELATED: Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack Reportedly Biden’s Frontrunner To Lead USDA) “Mr. President, I think it’s time to go,” he told Obama during their 2015 meeting, the Post reported. President-elect Joe Biden arrives at a campaign stop with former USDA Sec....
    President-elect Joe Biden is leaning towards nominating former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture, four people familiar with his transition told Politico. Vilsack, who was the agriculture secretary under President Barack Obama, served as an advisor on rural and agriculture issues throughout Biden’s campaign. Though the decision is not final, Politico reported, his selection could frustrate some in the Democratic party, who have pushed for a candidate of color to fill the post. “He is the preferred choice of Biden’s inner circle,” one of the sources told Politico, but noted that “that could change.” For the past several weeks, most public discussion revolved around former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, who has the backing of the Congressional Black Caucus and several other lawmakers of color. Biden was reportedly set on picking Heitkamp two weeks ago, but opted not to after...
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