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Rick Perry

R

U.S. Secretary of Energy (2017 - Present)

Biography

Personal

Political Experience

Professional Experience

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

Additional Information

Policy Positions

2012

Abortion

Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-life

Education

Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
- No

Guns

Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
- No

Health Care

1. Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
- Yes

2. Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
- No

Social Security

Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
- Yes

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

2. Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
- Yes

3. Do you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
- Yes

Immigration

Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- Unknown Position

Budget, Spending, and Taxes

1. In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
- No

2. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- No

3. In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing Medicaid spending?
- Yes

4. In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing Medicare spending?
- Unknown Position

5. Is balancing the budget an administrative priority?
- Yes

Environment and Energy

1. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- No

2. Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
- Yes

Foreign Policy

1. Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
- Yes

2. Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
- Yes

Same-Sex Marriage

Do you support same-sex marriage?
- No

Articles

Rep. Rick Allen Visits Plant Vogtle Along with Secretary Perry, Secretary Perdue, and Governor Kemp

Mar. 22

U.S. Congressman Rick W. Allen (R-GA-12) issued the following statement today after touring Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro, Georgia, along with Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, Governor Brian Kemp, and others. During the visit, Secretary Perry announced that the Department of Energy will guarantee $3.7 billion in additional loans for the construction and completion of Units 3 and 4 -- the first new nuclear reactors to be built in the United States in more than 30 years. "Today's announcement from Secretary Perry to guarantee up to $3.7 billion in additional loans for the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion project marks a pivotal moment for the continued progress on Units 3 and 4," said Congressman Allen. "The significance of this project for Georgia's 12th district, the state of Georgia, and our entire nation is paramount and I am extremely grateful for the continued investment. Georgia-12 is leading the way in America's nuclear energy expansion, and I am proud that so many of our nation's leaders were able to visit Plant Vogtle to show the world that America is a dominant player in the global nuclear industry." Background: After Westinghouse declared bankruptcy nearly two years ago, Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power, and Dalton Utilities made the decision to move forward with construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, located in Georgia's 12th Congressional District. Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is now overseeing construction. Additionally, last year, Congress, with Congressman Allen's support, extended the Nuclear Production Tax Credit, an important provision to the future of new nuclear.

Weber Applauds Next Step Toward Versatile Test Reactor

Feb. 28

On Thursday, February 28, 2019, Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced the launch of the Versatile Fast Neutron Source, also called the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR). This project was authorized by the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act -- legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Congressman Randy Weber (R-TX14) that was signed into law last Congress. "After four years of bipartisan and bicameral efforts, my bill, the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (NEICA) was signed into law last September. This legislation authorizes the construction of an advanced research reactor facility, which is a critical part of ensuring innovative materials and nuclear fuels research and development can take place in the United States. Nuclear energy research must be validated through direct experimentation in the lab, and this facility will make that possible," said Congressman Randy Weber. "America has a long history of leadership in nuclear science, and it is critical we maintain that leadership. I am happy to see Secretary Perry following the direction of Congress and committing to construct this facility. Today's announcement is another landmark moment in this journey!" "The Versatile Test Reactor is a key step to implementing President Trump's direction to revitalize and expand the U.S. nuclear industry," said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. "This cutting edge Advanced Reactor will give American companies the ability they currently lack to conduct advanced technology and fuels tests without having to go to our competitors in Russia and China."

Cleveland - Time to Discard the Burdens and Costs of Obamacare

Jul. 25

By Rick Perry On Jan. 25, 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama delivered a speech declaring that "the time has come for universal health care in America." Two years later, he was president of the United States -- and he told a joint session of Congress that health care was his top priority. Just over a year after that, Obamacare became the law of the land. America has been staggering under its burdens and failures ever since. Insurance companies have pulled up stakes in states across the country, leaving consumers few options throughout the country. Costs have risen dramatically, despite Democratic promises Obamacare would lower insurance costs. Patients have lost choices, doctors and insurance plans, and in some cases, lost access to cancer specialists and other life-saving caregivers. It was always predictable Obamacare would collapse of its own weight because it centralizes health care in America, empowering the bureaucracy instead of doctors and patients. It has not controlled health care costs as promised. Instead, Americans are paying more than ever. Unchecked, it is careening toward disaster. The answer to this massive problem is not to do nothing. That would expose millions of Americans to greater risk because of a paralysis to act. It is to pass patient-centered reform that expands choices while mending the safety net the most vulnerable Americans rely upon for their care. Lost in the reform debate is a mention of the best solution. The best antidote to the failures of centralization is decentralization. It's time to empower the states, as our federalist system envisions. I served as governor of Texas, the second largest state, for 14 years. I know full well that Texans largely have different ideas about health care than well-intentioned Washington bureaucrats. Over the years, Texas has done a number of innovative things to improve health care in ways we knew made sense for Texas. The Lone Star State set up its own high-risk pool to help people with pre-existing conditions; it established programs like Special Needs for Children, Star+Plus, which is our state-managed home and community-based services program, and PACE, Texas' all-inclusive program for elder care. Washington would not have known how to do those things right for Texas. For an issue as personal and as important as health care, there's no one policy Congress can come up with that will be right for some 320 million Americans. It's why, when Obamacare was implemented in 2014, hundreds of thousands of Texans decided they'd rather pay fines than navigate the Byzantine system of regulation, and its various unintended costs. The proposal from Congress contains many positive reforms to Medicaid -- in fact, they are included in the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act. These would give states more control to deliver better care at lower costs for those in need. The spirit of those reforms should be incorporated into the rest of the health care debate to free states fully from the regulatory burdens of Obamacare that Washington has imposed upon them. Greater flexibility alone will not solve the problem for states caring for the sick and poor. Sufficient federal resources are still needed for governors to deliver effective care under Medicaid. I agree with Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah that health care choices should be transparent and free of Washington requirements. Let's keep the costs of plans down for everyone and make sure Americans with pre-existing conditions are adequately covered. There is an historic opportunity for Congress to finally empower people and states and move control out of Washington. There will not be another opportunity like this for a very long time. It has never been enough to repeal Obamacare. Repeal is obvious, because its failure is obvious. Replacing it is much harder work. But it must be done, with a focus on returning health care to states, individuals, and the health care professionals that care for them. The debate over health care has consumed Washington for over a decade. America can't afford another decade of spiraling costs, political bickering, or inaction. This may be the only window we have to do this. Millions of Americans are depending on their representatives to repeal this crushing law and can benefit from the common-sense solutions being considered in the Senate. We cannot, and must not, fail them any longer.

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