WASHINGTON — Mitch McConnell made some news as we were monitoring the 6th District debate. The majority leader announced, in the Senate’s customarily byzantine way, that he has cut a deal with his Democratic counterpart setting when the chamber will vote on former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Cabinet nomination.
The confirmation vote will come on April 24, he said, the day the Senate returns from its two-week recess but before it delves into what is sure to be a rancorous debate over a must-pass government spending bill.
The announcement was a big one for Perdue’s allies, who have anxiously waited as delay after delay has plagued the Republican’s nomination to lead the Department of Agriculture. Perdue was first tapped on Jan. 19, the day before Trump’s inauguration.
In a sign of how relatively noncontroversial Perdue’s agriculture nomination is, the Senate won’t be taking any procedural votes on the former governor. The one up-or-down vote the chamber is set to take will require 51 votes — not 60.