Tom Vilsack confirmed for a second stint as Agriculture Secretary with strong Republican support
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) broke with Democrats to vote against his nomination.
Vilsack had faced intense criticism from civil rights activists saying he did not go far enough to eradicate racial discrimination at the agency or support farmers of color during his first stint in the role.
He will head the agency at a time of rising food insecurity because of the pandemic. An estimated 50 million Americans are food insecure and food banks and pantries around the country are running low on food.
Vilsack will also face demands to provide assistance to farmers after the Biden administration held up $2.3 billion in aid for farmers approved by the Trump administration.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us to contain the pandemic, transform America’s food system, create fairer markets for…