U.S. Senate confirms Schafer as ag secretary

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Jan. 28 confirmed the nomination of former North Dakota Governor Edward Schafer to become the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Mr. Schafer’s nomination was approved by voice vote just hours before President Bush delivered his State of the Union address.

"I appreciate that the Senate today unanimously confirmed Ed Schafer to be our next Secretary of Agriculture," President Bush said. "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."

Mr. Schafer was nominated by President Bush this past October to replace former Nebraska Governor Mike Johanns, who left the post to run for the Senate.

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