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Hoyer Statement on the Nomination of Governor Rick Perry to Serve as Secretary of Energy

For Immediate Release: 
December 14, 2016
Contact Info: 

Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today: 

“The President-Elect continues to appoint individuals who are either unqualified or who have denigrated the departments they were nominated to lead.  Americans want our government to work more effectively and efficiently on their behalf; they did not vote for our government to be destroyed.  In this case, President-Elect Trump is nominating someone to run the Department of Energy who has said it should be dismantled.  The fact that this appointment comes at the same time that the transition team is targeting career civil servants at the Department for political purposes should be deeply concerning to all Americans. 

“I am hopeful that Governor Perry, if confirmed, will focus on the substantive work of the Department of Energy that is critical to our economic growth, the protection of our environment, and to global security.”