WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today met with President-elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of Energy, former Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Following the meeting, Senator Ernst issued this statement:

“Governor Perry’s tenure leading one of our largest energy producing states gives him a unique understanding of how to cultivate our resources to maximize our country’s energy production.

“I emphasized to Governor Perry the importance of continuing to develop wind energy and renewable fuels as we pursue a comprehensive energy approach that increases our country’s production and promotes energy independence. It is critical we work to cut through much of the red tape that hinders our energy production so we can create an environment for job growth, and provide safe and affordable energy for all Americans. I also took a moment to chat with Governor Perry about the many challenges that our 17 national labs address and solve every day, specifically the work done at the Ames Lab.

“I enjoyed the productive conversation with Governor Perry and I look forward to continuing to thoroughly vet him in the Senate for the position.” 

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