The Ohio AgriBusiness Association recently signed a letter sent to Senate leadership requesting confirmation of Doug McKalip to serve as Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and Alexis Taylor to serve as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs before the end of the year.
President Biden announced his intent to nominate Ms. Taylor and Mr. McKalip in May and June respectively. The Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved Mr. McKalip’s nomination on September 7th. The Senate Agriculture Committee voted unanimously on September 27th to advance Ms. Taylor’s nomination. Despite unanimous support by the committees and widespread and bipartisan support the Senate has yet to confirm these highly skilled candidates. Time is of the essence to confirm these nominees.