WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) today applauded the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for its approval of the pending nomination of Delawarean Michael Scuse. A former Delaware Secretary of Agriculture, Scuse was nominated to the post of Undersecretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services and to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Commodity Credit Corporation. The Committee today favorably reported out his nomination, clearing the way for a final vote by the full Senate.

“Michael Scuse is passionate about agriculture,” Senator Coons said. “It was a pleasure to work with Michael when he served ably as Delaware Secretary of Agriculture, and the American people will benefit — just as the people of Delaware have benefited — from his hard work and dedication. Due to his innovative efforts, Delaware today has the highest percentage of preserved productive agriculture farmland of any state in the country. Along with his brother, Michael continues to run a family farm in Smyrna. He and his wife, Patrice, are part of the tightknit farm families that are the backbone of rural Delaware. I congratulate Michael and the Committee for its approval of this eminently qualified candidate, and I hope the full Senate will vote to confirm him soon.”

In December, Senator Coons delivered an opening statement before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee in support of Scuse’s nomination. Watch and read it here: http://bit.ly/wi1dhj