Senator Scott Votes to Confirm Rick Perry as Energy Secretary

WASHINGTON– U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the statement below after voting for the confirmation of former Texas Governor Rick Perry to serve as Secretary of the Department of Energy. TheSenate approved Rick Perry’s appointment by a vote of 62-37.

“As Governor of Texas, Rick Perry oversaw an energy boom that helped create millions of new jobs in the state of Texas. His proven leadership is a great fit for the Department of Energy, which is critical to South Carolina’s nuclear waste cleanup efforts, and plays a major role in both energy development and our national security.

I look forward to working with Governor Perry to continue the MOX project at the Savannah River Site, building on the growth and innovation we have seen at the Savannah River National Lab, and holding the federal government accountable for the continued cleanup of the SRS’s nuclear waste.”