Senate approves Conner for No. 2 USDA post

THE SENATE has approved the nomination of Charles Conner, former White House assistant for agriculture, to be the new deputy secretary of agriculture.

The action, which was by unanimous consent, came after Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, removed a hold on Conner's nomination. Craig and other senators have been unhappy with provisions of the Central American Free Trade Agreement-Dominican Republic.

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