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Congress Adjourned Without Approving Critical USDA Appointees


The 115th Congress adjourned without approving approximately 150 nominations among 700 executive positions.  Among those overlooked in the haste to conclude business in the Senate were Dr. Mindy Brashears nominated as Undersecretary of Agriculture for Food Safety and Scott Hutchins, nominee as Undersecretary of Agriculture for Research, Education and Economics.  It is noted that the previous Undersecretary of Agriculture for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen resigned from the position in 2013.


It is hoped that the 116th Congress will quickly review and approve the nominations that are critical to efficient operation of the USDA.  Both Dr. Brashears and Scott Hutchins are acknowledged experts in their respective fields with a potential to contribute to the success of specific missions of the USDA.