Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has a big job on his hands in his first days in office: He has to make sure the U.S. industrial equipment business is up to snuff, and he’s already made a couple of significant moves.
One of those moves is to cut down on what he calls the “toxic” industrial equipment market, in which the U:a:s industrial equipment firms rely heavily on government subsidies to develop their products.
In response to that issue, Perdue, a Republican, has said the government will be cutting back on subsidies for industrial equipment manufacturers in the future, but the Trump administration hasn’t specified how.
That’s because the White House wants the industry to keep up with technology, not to make the same mistakes as before, according to a person familiar with the administration’s thinking.
“We want to make it clear that we are not going to be cutting off the subsidies for industries that do not keep up,” said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the administration was not authorized to discuss internal deliberations.
The administration is also looking to help the sector get back on track, by pushing for new technologies to make equipment more efficient and to boost demand for new equipment, said the second person familiar of Perdue’s thinking, who requested anonymity to discuss the deliberations.
“This is not a policy position, this is a policy goal,” the person said.
A person familiar in the industry who has been in the job for a couple years said that Perdue and other industry officials have been meeting with the White the past few weeks to discuss how they want to address the industry’s “toxicity” problem.
The Trump administration has been working to improve efficiency in the industrial equipment sector for some time.
The Obama administration put in place a policy called the National Industrial Productivity and Productivity Improvement Act in 2014 that encouraged companies to increase efficiency by reducing the amount of energy they use and by using more environmentally friendly technologies.
The policy encouraged manufacturers to move away from coal-fired power plants and toward natural gas, which is more efficient than coal but emits far more greenhouse gases.
The industry is currently working to make these reforms a priority.
Under Perdue to date, the Trump White House has supported several initiatives that would help the industry.
The first initiative was a proposal to expand the Department of Agriculture’s role in the manufacturing and construction of the United States industrial equipment, which Perdue supported.
That initiative was not included in the budget that Peryear released on Wednesday, and it was not a priority for the administration as it seeks to get things moving on climate change and the opioid crisis.
The second initiative Perdue supports is a proposal by the Trump Administration to cut the subsidies to manufacturers that rely heavily, in part, on the U.:a:n:t: industry, in order to get more of their products into the hands of Americans.
Perdue is currently the chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee in the Senate, which oversees energy policy and is responsible for approving federal spending.
Peryear was appointed to his post by the Obama administration, which had a similar policy toward the industrial industry.
That policy had the aim of getting the industry up to speed on new technologies and making the industry more efficient, said a person with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified because the person was not allowed to discuss private deliberations.
Under the current policy, companies that depend heavily on the industrial sector get government subsidies on a per-product basis, said Perdue.
But in 2016, Peryear proposed cutting the subsidies, saying that manufacturers were “not producing the goods or services Americans need,” and that he wanted to focus on the more efficient use of existing technology.
“That’s not the case today,” Perdue said at the time.
“The people of this country are going to have to be better informed about what the government’s priorities are.”
The administration’s decision to cut subsidies in 2016 was a major step toward improving the industry, said Mike Sorkin, a former White House aide who now heads the liberal Center for American Progress think tank.
Sorker said that while the administration is still trying to make that transition happen, “the industry has been doing pretty well.”
He said that “some people think the industry is going to rebound” as more Americans see the industry as an important part of their lives, and that the industry could benefit from more incentives to improve its efficiency.
“What they don’t realize is that a lot of the incentives that the government provides are going out the window,” Sorkis said.
Sink in the Industry “The Trump administration isn’t trying to save the industry or turn it around,” said Sorkins.
Instead, it’s trying to take a tough line on the issue of toxic industrial equipment.
The White House is taking the position that if the industry isn’t doing enough to keep pace with new technologies, then it should shut down or reduce production.
That includes reducing the subsidies that