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U.S. Energy Secretary visits Sandia National Labs, Balloon Fiesta

Kai Porter
October 09, 2018 08:29 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - U.S. Secretary of Energy and former Texas Governor Rick Perry visited Albuquerque Tuesday.

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During his visit, he toured Sandia National Laboratories, where he gave a speech.

He touched on the work Sandia does in areas such as nuclear weapons research, national security and energy.

After his speech, Perry was asked if the Department of Energy has any plans to increase pay and benefits to compete with high-tech firms. 

"We may not,” said Perry. “And the reason we may not is because, number one, we know that what you're doing is important, and you know it's important and you'd rather be here working at a little less money than you would be somewhere else waking up looking in the mirror going, 'Am I really making a difference," Because you are."

During a brief news conference following his speech, Perry talked about Sandia National Laboratories role in our country's weapons program.

"The United States is going to have a robust, modern weapons program that will send a clear message: Don't mess with the United States. I'm quite comfortable that both Los Alamos and Sandia are going to play a very important role in that as we go forward."

Perry also told workers that he got a chance to check something off his bucket list during his visit to Albuquerque. He said he watched the mass ascension at the Baloon Fiesta Tuesday morning.

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