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Sen. Cantwell, Sec. Perry visiting PNNL and Hammer Training Center

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8-15-17 UPDATE: 

RICHLAND, WA - U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry tours Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the HAMMER Facility, and Hanford. On the minds of many in our area is obviously the cleanup at Hanford, and how much funding will be allocated through the budget.

There are currently three proposals: the Senate plan that keeps funding at roughly current levels, the House plan that cuts some funding, and the president's plan that has the steepest cuts.

We asked him, but Secretary Perry would not tell us which plan he supports.

"I'm not going to craft a budget here today, my job is to work with the House and the Senate," Sec. Perry said. "They're the appropriators, that's not my job. My job is to, whatever dollars they come up with, I'm going to take in efficiently. I know how to manage."

In addition to Hanford funding, Sec. Perry also spoke about the importance of maintaining adequate funding for PNNL.


TRI-CITIES, WA - Senator Maria Cantwell will be in the Tri-Cities for the next two days. Tomorrow she is meeting with Secretary Perry has he tours PNNL and the Hammer Training Center, but today she spoke with the community at the TRIDEC luncheon.

A longtime supporter of cleanup efforts at Hanford, Senator Cantwell talked about the importance of getting Secretary Perry out to the site, and ensuring there is money in the budget to keep workers safe during the process.

Another major project for Cantwell? 

Strengthening cyber security...and she says Washington state is the perfect place to lead the charge.

"I want to make sure we make the right investment in a cyber security budget and not cut the budget, which is what the president wants to do," Sen. Cantwell said. "This is going to be a growing area of concern and I think that now that we see state actors, foreign governments are behind the scenes with these cyber attacks, it's time to get serious." 

Sen. Cantwell also says now that Secretary Perry is visiting, she is working to get Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to come to our area as well.