Trump's ag secretary: "The shutdown needs to end"
Sonny Perdue and President Trump. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo Monday that although the Department of Agriculture is working to get staffers back to work on a temporary basis to help farmers amidst the shutdown, he thinks "the shutdown needs to end" to curtail their hardship.
Driving the news: The Farm Service Agency has run out of funding, which has forced Perdue to work with the Office of Management and Budget to try getting farmers loans. Subsidies set aside for farmers hit by President Trump's tariffs have been suspended during the shutdown.