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Tom Vilsack confirmed as Secretary of 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 administration.

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