Congressman seeks probe of chartered flights by U.S. energy secretary

Congressman seeks probe of chartered flights by U.S. energy secretary

Congressman seeks probe of chartered flights by U.S. energy secretaryBy Emily Flitter and Timothy Gardner NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic U.S. congressman is asking the Energy Department’s watchdog to investigate Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s travel on chartered aircraft, the congressman said at a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday. U.S. Representative Frank Pallone said Perry’s trips on chartered planes need scrutiny in light of the “extreme” budget cuts the department faces in a 2018 federal budget proposed by President Donald Trump. Perry said in his opening statement in the hearing, being held by the House of Represenatives’ Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, that as a former Texas governor he understood the issue of travel oversight and the need to spend money on travel appropriately and thoughtfully.


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