“President Trump should withdraw the Clovis nomination immediately – not only because he is a proud ‘skeptic’ of climate change and wildly unqualified for the position of USDA chief scientist – but also as a gesture to the American people that this administration is serious about rooting out the most hateful voices in our society,” wrote Schumer and Schatz.
But while many have opposed the nomination, several major agriculture groups have proclaimed their support for Clovis. Twenty-two agricultural companies, including the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), have written to senators, saying: “They need someone to champion their work before the administration, the Congress, and all consumers around the world.” They think Clovis is the one to do it.
The Agriculture Committee is still waiting on paperwork, which they need before they can schedule the nomination hearing. But when it does eventually happen, it looks like it will be a close call.
[H/T: The Hill]