Hagerty Statement on Energy Secretary’s Visit to Oak Ridge

November 22, 2021

Secretary is visiting after accepting the invitation of Hagerty in a committee hearing

NASHVILLE, TN—United States Senator Bill Hagerty, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement today on the visit of U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to Oak Ridge National Laboratory:

“I regret that my schedule would not allow me to be at Oak Ridge National Lab today, but I do extend greetings to the Secretary of Energy and welcome her to Tennessee. While the Secretary knows my frustrations with the Biden Administration’s energy policies, which are being felt every time Americans put fuel in their vehicles, I trust that what she will see today is a corridor of our state that is on the cutting edge of research and development projects—not only for today but for decades to come. Tennesseans are proud of the critical work being done at Oak Ridge as well as the Y-12 National Security Complex, and the Secretary will see that our highly skilled workforce is leading the way to protect our national security. Maintaining the longstanding commitments and investments from the Department of Energy at Oak Ridge are not only a priority for me, but also Secretary Granholm, and I am confident that her visit today will solidify her belief in that.”


During an Appropriations hearing in June, Hagerty extended an invitation to Granholm to visit Oak Ridge National Laboratory in which she accepted.