Washington, D.C. – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, issued the statement below following the Senate vote to confirm Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture:
“Secretary Vilsack has the experience our nation needs to lead the Department of Agriculture as we fight hunger, tackle climate change, restore our forests, and expand economic opportunity. I’m confident Secretary Vilsack is well-qualified to lead these efforts and help Colorado as communities recover from last year’s devastating wildfires, drought, and the current public health and economic crisis.
“We have more work ahead, particularly on climate, which presents a threat to our economy and way of life in the West. That is why I was glad to hear Secretary Vilsack talk about our forests as the critical infrastructure that they are, and I look forward to having Secretary Vilsack visit Colorado to hear from farmers, ranchers, and local governments who are leading the way. I’m grateful he has returned to public service, and I look forward to working with him to continue to build a stronger and more resilient future.”