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U.S. Secretary of Energy Richard Perry, at podium, thanks U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, center, for his work in the Senate supporting the Department of Energy while ORNL Director Thom Mason looks on.
Perry pledges support for Oak Ridge research projects

Department of Energy Secretary Richard Perry promised to do everything in his power to protect the Department of Energy funding during upcoming budget battles.

Perry and Sen. Lamar Alexander toured the Oak Ridge National Lab Monday, including the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility where he viewed examples of 3D printing and other DOE technology.

Looking around the facility at examples of additive manufacturing including parts of an excavator, a military jeep and a small submarine, Perry said he supports the research now underway.