Scott Perry

Scott Perry

PENNSYLVANIA's 4th DISTRICT

Bipartisan Legislation Would Help People Suffering from Epilepsy and Other Seizure Disorders

2014/08/21

         Mark and Deb Knecht go to bed every night praying their daughter, Anna, will wake up the next day. Mark Knecht then insists on being the one to wake Anna up the next morning. He doesn’t want his wife to find her daughter dead. This is the harsh reality that the Knecht’s and countless other American families face every day.         Anna, an 11-year-old from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, has Dravet syndrome, a form of epilepsy that causes frequent seizures. More than two million individuals in the United States suffer from a form of epilepsy; over 300,000 of them are under the age of 15.  Epilepsy is a brain disorder that results in violent seizures due to a disruption in electrical communication between neurons.  For people suffering with epilepsy, violent seizures may occur more than 100 times a day.  Since any seizure could prove fatal, families are forced to provide around-the-clock care for their loved ones.  I’ve seen firsthand the struggles of several families who face various forms of this debilitating disorder. Their heartbreaking situations compelled me to act.         Currently, there’s no cure for epilepsy.  Families spend thousands of dollars on prescription medications that may have dangerous side effects or don’t significantly mitigate its effects; however, one supplement has shown promise in reducing the amount and duration of seizures in children.  The only reason why this natural, low-cost supplement isn’t already being used to treat children and individuals nationwide is due to its classification by the Controlled Substances Act.  “Cannabidiol” - or CBD - can be extracted from the plant Cannabis sativa L, and currently is classified by the federal government as a Schedule 1 Narcotic, along with heroin and cocaine.  This natural supplement is our key to helping children with epilepsy live lasting and fulfilling lives.          Families who don’t have access to CBD are faced with impossible choices. Several of my constituents, including the Knecht’s, may soon be forced to take their children to Colorado for treatment, tearing their families apart at their time of greatest need. Mark bluntly analogizes the situation this way: “your child is in a pool, your child is drowning and you have a life preserver in your hand, but it's against the law to throw your child the life preserver."         This situation is unacceptable. I recently introduced legislation in Congress, the “Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014”, to ensure that children and individuals with epilepsy and other debilitating seizure disorders have access to the life-changing CBD oil and therapeutic hemp.         This common-sense solution is possible because the Stanley Brothers, a group of farmers from Colorado, produced a plant now known as “Charlotte’s Web” – named after the first child it helped, Charlotte Figi, a child with severe Myoclonic Epilepsy who was suffering from nearly 300 grand mal seizures a week.  Disheartened by the lack of productivity from prescription medication, Charlotte’s family reluctantly decided to try the Stanley Brothers’ plant, which had a high CBD concentration and an extremely low THC (hallucinogenic) concentration.  The Figis extracted the oil from the plant and served it to Charlotte with her food.  Immediate results were seen not only in Charlotte’s personality, but her seizures were reduced to only four per month.         Another constituent of mine, Lili Gilmore, 13, of Hanover, Pennsylvania, was diagnosed with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy, when she was 3 years old. After unsuccessfully trying dozens of medications and special diets, Lili’s family enrolled her in a clinical trial for Charlotte’s Web at New York University. Lili’s seizures have since decreased and she’s even experienced several seizure-free days.         My legislation does not legalize marijuana; I remain opposed to the legalization of its recreational use. Rather, the bill simply allows families to gain access to CBD oil.  In order to extract the oil, we needed to legalize industrial hemp, which is used in clothing, paper and for various construction purposes.  My legislation specifies that the plant can contain no more than .3% THC, so even if it were to be smoked as traditional marijuana, the psychoactive effects would be mitigated.          Although the approach on medical marijuana I’ve taken isn’t as far-reaching as the one championed by your editorial board, I hope you’ll see this as a pragmatic first step to addressing an untenable problem.  As a parent of two daughters, the thought of being left helpless in the eyes of their suffering is unimaginable.  The greatest country in the world must continue to strive for medical advancement for all Americans.  These children and individuals like them deserve a chance to live healthy and fulfilling lives and our government shouldn’t stand in their way. Read More

Rep. Scott Perry Statement Regarding the Killing of American Journalist James Foley

2014/08/20

Today, Rep. Scott Perry released this statement regarding the killing of American journalist James Foley: “I am saddened, disgusted and angered by the senseless and horrific killing of American journalist James Foley at the hands of ISIS. Mr. Foley was a talented journalist who risked his life on many occasions to provide the public with the news. I extend my thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and colleagues. ISIS is a threat not only to the people of Iraq and Syria, but also to the stability of the entire region. Its brutal tactics highlight the worst of which humanity is capable. The Administration must provide a serious plan on how we're going to deal with this growing threat - that has been allowed to grow for far too long. I'm also deeply concerned for Steven Sotloff. Mr. Sotloff and his family will remain in my thoughts and prayers for his safe release and return to America." ### Read More

House Acts to help Veterans, Strengthen the Economy and Protect Our Borders

2014/08/02

Washington, D.C. – This week, the U.S. House continued its focus on Americans’ top priorities – jobs and the economy, providing our veterans with the care they’ve earned and protecting our borders. The U.S. House has passed more than 350 bills in the 113th Congress that address some of our nation’s most pressing needs. While there have been some bi-partisan successes, Congressman Scott Perry (PA-04) remains frustrated that most of these bills remain stuck in the U.S. Senate. Veterans Administration (VA) Reforms On Wednesday, the House passed a bill to overhaul the Veterans Administration (VA), giving veterans access to more responsive care, including private care, and making it easier to hold more accountable senior VA managers who are failing our veterans. The Veterans Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act (H.R. 3230) passed the House by a massive bipartisan majority of 420-to-5; the Senate subsequently passed it and President Obama is expected to sign it into law. As a 34-year military veteran, Rep. Perry was outraged at recent revelations surrounding the VA and the medical care provided to our veterans. Multiple news reports have raised allegations regarding preventable deaths and attempts to cover up treatment delays at VA health clinics. This legislation: Allows veterans to seek medical attention outside the VA system if an appointment is not available within 30 days, or if a veteran resides more than 40 miles from the nearest VA medical facility; Provides funding to hire additional doctors, nurses, and medical staff; Extends several existing pilot programs, including those helping veterans with traumatic brain injuries and victims of sexual assault; and Permits the VA Secretary to fire or demote employees in an expedited fashion based on performance or misconduct. Jobs and the Economy The House also adopted the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 5021), a bill that funds surface transportation programs through May 2015, providing certainty and stability for states, while providing Congress time to continue working on a long-term funding solution for our surface transportation programs. H.R. 5021 has passed the Senate and is expected to be signed into law.  If Congress had failed to act, thousands of transportation projects and hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country would have been at risk.  “One of the core functions of the federal government is to ensure that America has the necessary transportation infrastructure to facilitate interstate commerce and strengthen America’s competitive edge in the global economy,” said Rep. Perry. “This bill is paid for and addresses the immediate need to ensure the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and provide fiscal certainty to the states. While this bill leaves a lot to be desired, all of us can see that our infrastructure is crumbling around us. I’m actively working with my colleagues on long-term solutions to make our transportation system safer and more efficient, thereby growing our economy and spurring job creation.” Earlier in July, the House passed legislation to help modernize and improve our nation’s workforce development system and help put Americans back to work. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803) reforms and modernizes federal workforce training programs by: eliminating 15 duplicative programs, applying a single set of outcome metrics to federal workforce programs, aligning workforce development programs with local economic development and education initiatives, and enabling businesses to identify in-demand skills and connect workers with the opportunities to build those skills. H.R. 803 was first adopted by the U.S. House in March 2013 as the “SKILLS Act”. H.R. 803 was recently signed into law by President Obama. These bills continue efforts in the U.S. House to lay the groundwork for a stronger economy and increased opportunities for all Americans. Legislation already passed by the House would: strengthen our water transportation networks; embrace American energy resources; lift barriers to clean renewable energy; give working families more flexibility and increase oversight of expensive federal regulations. Most of these bills remain stuck in the U.S. Senate. Protecting Our Borders and Our Constitution This week, the House also advanced legislation (H.R. 5230) to address the current immigration crisis on the Southwestern border. The U.S. Senate has not acted on this issue. The goals of H.R. 5230 are to secure our border, address the humanitarian crisis, and expedite the return of migrants to their home countries by: Reducing the president’s $3.7 billion request to $694 million, which is fully offset by spending cuts and recessions to existing funds, and specifically targets all funding toward addressing the most immediate needs at the border;   Changing a 2008 law to expedite the return of unaccompanied minors to their home countries by treating Central American children the same as those from Mexico.  President Obama has repeatedly called for such a change, characterizing it as a “bipartisan priority”; Prohibiting the Interior and Agriculture secretaries from limiting the activities of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents on federal public lands within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border; Providing funding for National Guard troops at the southern border to help respond to the humanitarian crisis and relieve the border patrol to focus on their primary duty of securing our border; Increasing the number of temporary immigration judges, allowing the courts to process more cases and reduce the lengthy wait periods between detention and removal; and Prioritizing repatriation assistance to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador from within existing foreign aid funding to facilitate the return and reintegration of children in their home countries. In a separate vote, the House took steps to prohibit President Obama from unilaterally providing amnesty to illegal immigrants. Finally, the House adopted H. Res. 676, a resolution authorizing the House to enter into litigation in opposition to President Obama’s attempts to make his own laws and commit actions that challenge the constitutional separation of powers. The Constitution says the president must faithfully execute the laws, and makes clear that only the Legislative Branch has the power to legislate. The current president has demonstrated that he believes he has the power to make his own laws – at times even boasting about it. If this is allowed to continue, future presidents (Republican or Democrat) will have the ability to do so as well. Throughout the 113th Congress, House members have put their cards on the table and sent hundreds of bills to the Senate, waiting for them to pass their own versions so we eventually could come together to try and find some common ground. These proposals largely have been met with silence by the Senate and President Obama.  Examples of jobs bills passed by the U.S. House may be reviewed here: http://www.speaker.gov/jobs. Residents are welcomed to contact Congressman Perry and his staff at any of his offices, or via Perry.House.Gov, where they can sign up for e-mail updates and for his Facebook, Twitter and You Tube pages. Read More

Congressman Perry Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Help Children / Individuals Suffering from Epilepsy and Other Seizure Disorders

2014/07/28

Washington, D.C. – Currently, more than 300,000 children in American suffer from some form of epilepsy. Many of these children experience more than 100 violent seizures a day— any one of which could be fatal without proper care.  U.S. Representative Scott Perry introduces legislation today, the “Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014”, to ensure that children and individuals with epilepsy and other debilitating seizure disorders have access to life-changing Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil and therapeutic hemp. There is anecdotal evidence that CBD oil has been shown to reduce the amount and duration of seizures in children suffering from epilepsy and other seizure disorders. This legislation would enable individuals access to this potentially life-saving supplement without having to split up families geographically in order to receive treatment. “Earlier this year I was approached by three local families whose children suffer from severe epilepsy”, said Rep. Perry. “As a father, I can’t imagine how helpless and crestfallen I’d feel to be essentially out of options, without any significant way to help my child; and these families live with this circumstance every single day.   Their heartbreaking situations compelled me to act at the federal level to enable their access to a supplement that literally has changed lives – not only in the form of relief for the individual who suffers from this condition, but subsequently  for their families and loved ones as well.  Unfortunately, this plant and its derivatives and extracts are currently banned for medical use at the federal level and are unavailable to the citizens of Pennsylvania; this legislation would remedy that.  This bill in no way changes my stance on marijuana—I still disagree with the recreational use of marijuana; however, these children and individuals like them deserve a chance to lead a healthy and productive life and our government shouldn’t stand in the way.” “We applaud Congressman Perry and his leadership in creating access to this treatment for Americans with epilepsy who have run out of options,” said Philip M. Gattone, M.Ed., President & CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation. “As a parent of a child with epilepsy, I know how difficult it can be to stand by as your child has a seizure that you are helpless to stop. The Epilepsy Foundation has supported access to CBD oil – which is showing dramatic results for some patients. Access to a lifesaving treatment should not be determined or limited by zip code.  It is time for Congress to enact this sensible bill that could help save lives." This legislation in no way federally legalizes the recreational use of marijuana, nor is CBD marijuana; rather, the bill is an incremental approach to providing relief to those suffering from ailments that could benefit from CBD oil and therapeutic hemp.  It also doesn’t legalize all forms of marijuana for medical use. It removes CBD oil and therapeutic hemp from the federal definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. Therapeutic hemp is defined as having no more than .3% THC, which means it has no hallucinogenic effects of traditional marijuana. The legislation now moves to the House Energy and Commerce and Judiciary Committees. If it is voted out of committee, it then moves to the full House for consideration.   Read More

Congressman Perry Announces Next Round of Town Meetings

2014/07/11

YORK, PA – To offer constituents the opportunity to share their concerns regarding issues before the United States Congress and the federal government, U.S. Representative Scott Perry (PA-4) will be hosting a series of town meetings over the next week. The dates and times of the town meetings are: Friday, July 18 / 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Lower Windsor Township Building, 2425 Craley Road, Wrightsville Friday, July 18 / 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Upper Allen Township Building, 100 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg Saturday, July 19 / 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Fairfield Fire and EMS, 106 Steelman Street, Fairfield Constituents will be updated by Congressman Perry on the issues currently facing Congress, including the federal budget, job creation and national security.  Afterwards, Congressman Perry will welcome questions on these and other federal issues. “For me to effectively represent our constituents in Congress, I regularly need – and seek - their feedback on the issues facing our country,” Perry said. These town meetings continue Congressman Perry’s efforts to solicit constituent feedback. Since taking office in January 2013, he’s met with hundreds of constituents via individual meetings and site visits, conducted regular in-person town and tele-town meetings, and aggressively has utilized social media to interact with the citizens he serves. More than 10,000 constituents have signed up for regular updates via Congressman Perry’s e-newsletter, Facebook or Twitter pages. Social media venues allow him to solicit constituent feedback and provide information on the issues before Congress, while also saving hard-earned taxpayer resources. Residents who are unable to attend the meetings in person are welcome to contact Congressman Perry and his staff at any of his offices, or via Perry.House.Gov, where they can sign up for e-mail updates and for his Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram and Pinterest pages. Read More

U.S. House Passes Bi-Partisan Bill to Help Workers Get the Skills They Need to Find Work

2014/07/10

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House passed legislation Wednesday to help modernize and improve our nation’s workforce development system and help put Americans back to work. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803) is the latest effort in the House to focus on Americans’ top priority – finding real solutions to bolster job creation and strengthen our economy. “One of the most frustrating experiences during my service in Congress has been the pervasive skills gap facing workers and employers,” said U.S. Representative Scott Perry (PA-4). “At the same time that millions of Americans remain unemployed, countless local employers have told me about their difficulty finding qualified workers. This is a clear reminder that effective education and workforce development opportunities are critical to a making the American economy healthy again. This legislation will prepare workers for the 21st century workforce, while helping businesses find the skilled employees they need to compete and create jobs in the 4th District and across America.” H.R. 803 reforms and modernizes federal workforce training programs by: eliminating 15 duplicative programs, applying a single set of outcome metrics to federal workforce programs, aligning workforce development programs with local economic development and education initiatives, and enabling businesses to identify in-demand skills and connect workers with the opportunities to build those skills. H.R. 803 was first adopted by the U.S. House in March 2013 as the “SKILLS Act”. A House-Senate conference committee drafted this compromise agreement that was approved by the Senate in late June and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama. Passage of H.R. 803 continues efforts in the U.S. House to lay the groundwork for a stronger economy and increased opportunities for all Americans. Legislation already passed by the House would: strengthen our water transportation networks; embrace American energy resources; lift barriers to clean renewable energy; give working families more flexibility and increase oversight of expensive federal regulations. Throughout the 113th Congress, House members have put their cards on the table and sent bills to the Senate, waiting for them to pass their own versions so we could eventually come together to try and find some common ground. These proposals have largely been met with silence by the Senate and President Obama.  Examples of jobs bills passed by the U.S. House can be reviewed here: http://www.speaker.gov/jobs. Residents are welcomed to contact Congressman Perry and his staff at any of his offices, or via Perry.House.Gov, where they can sign up for e-mail updates and for his Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and You Tube pages. Read More

Statement on the Unfolding Events in Iraq

2014/06/13

“Having served in Iraq as commander of a large task force, I personally witnessed the courage and sacrifice of our troops who served there. As U.S. forces withdrew in 2011, President Obama’s administration failed to negotiate an agreement with Iraq that would have allowed a limited U.S. military presence to help the Iraqis keep extremist groups from filling the power vacuum. Instead, America quickly turned its attention away from Iraq and, in the past two years, allowed ultra-radical jihadist groups to grow rapidly in both Iraq and Syria. I’m deeply troubled that in just thirteen years after 9/11, this Administration already has forgotten what preceded those attacks—al Qaeda establishment of a sanctuary in Afghanistan.  What al Qaeda had in Afghanistan was nothing compared to the situation now in Syria and Iraq, where a variety of terrorist organizations control large amounts of land and natural resources and have amassed heavy weaponry.  President Obama likes to take credit for “ending the war in Iraq.” By failing to withdraw responsibly, however, he left a power vacuum in the region that extremist groups swiftly and forcefully filled. In essence, he didn’t end the war, but rather gave away our hard-earned victory and ensured the potential for further conflict. The Iraqi government is not blameless either. They squandered the opportunity our troops gave them to begin the reconciliation process between their different factions and slowly unify their country. The crisis in Iraq is ultimately up to the Iraqis to solve.   For months, both Congress and the Pentagon have warned the White House about the worsening situation in Iraq to no avail. The United States has no good options here. But it’s incumbent on the president to immediately layout a plan of action moving forward. Thousands of Americans and allied troops have served bravely and selflessly in Iraq, and many of them sacrificed their lives or carry emotional, psychological and physical scars.  The fact that we have squandered their sacrifices is reprehensible.” Read More

Rep. Scott Perry Statement About Sgt. Bergdahl and Prisoner Exchange

2014/06/05

Rep. Scott Perry statement about Sgt. Bergdahl and prisoner exchange:          "Like all Americans, I'm truly relieved that Sgt. Bergdahl is safe and on his way home. Many have expressed concerns about the situation leading up to his capture. Like all service members, I believe that Sgt. Bergdahl is entitled to a fair investigation and due process to determine exactly what happened leading up to his capture.           I agree with the Democrat Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, that the President violated the law by not properly informing Congress of the details of the prisoner exchange. I’m glad the House Armed Services Committee has announced hearings to investigate whether trading Sgt. Bergdahl for five senior Taliban leaders puts our troops, diplomatic personnel, Americans abroad at greater risk, and whether the President violated the law by not properly notifying Congress prior to the exchange." ###       Read More

House Passed Appropriations Bill Includes Perry Amendment to Save Taxpayer Money

2014/05/30

Washington, D.C. - The House passed legislation Thursday night that funds the Departments of Commerce and Justice, as well as several of the nation’s science programs (CJS). The legislation included two amendments proposed by U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (PA-4) which were included without opposition. The overall bill continues efforts in the U.S. House to spend taxpayer dollars wisely, eliminate wasteful spending and prioritize programs critical to our safety and economic competitiveness.  As a result, the bill saves nearly $400 million from last year’s appropriation, while still funding critical programs to combat gangs and human trafficking, strengthen cybersecurity and prevent violence against women.  One of Rep. Perry’s amendments prohibited funding for NASA’s Advanced Food Technology Project. This project has been cited as a source of waste for several years, starting with NASA’s use of taxpayer money to develop “space pizza” and hundreds of other recipes for a mission to Mars. The second amendment would prohibit funding to be used to design, implement, administer, or carry out the U.S. Global Climate Research Program National Climate Assessment and the United Nation’s Agenda 21. “Since NASA has no plans to undertake a mission to Mars, we are simply driving up our debt unnecessarily by funding programs such as this,” said Rep. Perry. “Though the overall legislation was not perfect, I believe this bill made significant strides to rein in unnecessary and inefficient government spending and prioritized important programs to prevent human trafficking and violence against women."  Residents are welcomed to contact Congressman Perry and his staff at any of his offices, or via Perry.House.Gov, where they can sign up for e-mail updates and for his Facebook, Twitter and You Tube pages. Read More

Year of Action Continues in U.S. House

2014/05/23

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House passed a series of bills this week that continued its focus on Americans’ top priorities – jobs and the economy, providing our veterans with the care they’ve earned and cracking down on human trafficking and protecting our children. While the President and Senate leadership talk about taking action, the U.S. House has actually taken action, passing more than 150 bills in the 113th Congress that address some of our nation’s most pressing needs. Veterans Administration (VA) Reforms As a 33-year military veteran, Congressman Scott Perry (PA-04) is outraged at recent events surrounding the Veterans Administration (VA) and the medical care provided to our veterans. Multiple news reports have raised allegations regarding preventable deaths and attempts to cover up treatment delays at VA health clinics. These allegations are appalling and can’t be tolerated. The House acted this week by adopting legislation, H.R. 4031, the “Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014", which seeks to confront the widespread and systemic lack of accountability for VA senior executives. The bill, which was co-sponsored by Congressman Perry, makes it easier to fire or demote senior VA managers who are failing our veterans. H.R. 4031 was approved by a vote of 390-33. Jobs and the Economy The U.S. House acted Tuesday to approve legislation to promote America’s competitiveness and boost economic growth by approving a conference agreement with the Senate on H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA).  Many of the goods we create, sell, import and ship around the world go through America’s seaports – accounting for $1.4 trillion worth of economic activity. This bill reforms federal water resource activities by cutting red tape and bureaucracy, streamlining the infrastructure project delivery process, fostering fiscal responsibility, and strengthening our water transportation networks. And unlike past water infrastructure bills, WRRDA contains no earmarks. Passage of WRRDA continues efforts in the U.S. House to lay the groundwork for a stronger economy and increased opportunities for all Americans. Legislation already passed by the House would: reform and modernize federal workforce training programs to help millions of unemployed Americans get back to work; embrace American energy resources; lift barriers to clean renewable energy; give working families more flexibility and increase oversight of expensive federal regulations.  “America doesn’t work if it’s no longer the land of opportunity,” said Rep. Perry. “Good-paying jobs are the foundation of an America that works. House Republicans will continue our efforts to bolster job creation and foster a healthy economy.” Examples of jobs bills passed by the U.S. House can be reviewed here: http://www.speaker.gov/jobs. NSA Reforms The House attempted to address domestic surveillance programs that have collected a myriad of communications data on American citizens Thursday with passage of the USA Freedom Act (H.R. 3361). While Congressman Perry appreciates the House’s commitment to address this issue, and was a previous co-sponsor of H.R. 3361, he voted against the bill because recent changes to it gutted critical reforms and may still allow for massive collection of millions of Americans’ private information based on very broad selection terms. Stopping Human Trafficking In recent weeks, people across America have been outraged by the kidnapping of hundreds of girls by the terrorist group Boko Haram.  The sad reality is that human trafficking is much more prevalent in today’s world than many realize. In the U.S. each year, as many as 300,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked, according to Justice Department estimates.  On Tuesday, the House passed five bills – the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (H.R. 3530), the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act (H.R. 3610), the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act (H.R. 4058), the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act (H.R. 4225), and the International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking Act (H.R. 4573) – aimed at cracking down on human traffickers, boosting resources for law enforcement, supporting victims and strengthening protections for children. While the President talks about action – the U.S. House has taken action this week and throughout the 113th Congress.  House members have put their cards on the table and sent bills to the Senate, waiting for them to pass their own versions so we could eventually come together to try and find some common ground. In nearly every case, these proposals were met with silence.  In a sign of progress this week, House and Senate leadership announced agreement on job training legislation to improve our workforce development system and help citizens get the skills they need to find work.  Residents are welcomed to contact Congressman Perry and his staff at any of his offices, or via Perry.House.Gov, where they can sign up for e-mail updates and for his Facebook, Twitter and You Tube pages. Read More

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Scott Perry brings a unique background of hard work, business acumen, military leadership and community involvement to the U.S. House of Representatives. He served three terms as a Pennsylvania State Representative, establishing a record of dedication to the cause of protecting taxpayers’ interests in Harrisburg. While serving there, he was assigned to the Committees on Appropriations, Consumer Affairs, Labor Relations, Veterans Affairs, Emergency Preparedness, and Rules.

Scott knows the importance of effort and dedication. He began his working at age 13 picking fruit at Ashcombe’s Farm in Mechanicsburg. Since then, he’s worked as a mechanic, dock worker, draftsman and a licensed insurance agent. He is a 1980 graduate of Northern High School and the Cumberland-Perry Vo-Tech School.

To further his education, Scott put himself through college while working a full-time job. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1991 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration Management.

In 1993, Scott started his own mechanical contracting firm, Hydrotech Mechanical Services, Inc. The Dillsburg-based business provides contract construction and maintenance services to municipal and investor-owned utilities from North Carolina to New York and specializes in large meter calibration.

Scott began his military career in 1980 when he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He attended basic training at Fort Dix, N.J., and graduated Advanced Individual Training at Fort Belvoir, Va., as a technical drafting specialist. He graduated as the president of his officer candidate school and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery branch. Lieutenant Colonel Perry served as the Commander of the 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion,which deployed to Iraq from January 2009-January 2010. In February 2011, Scott was promoted to the rank of Colonel, and recently assumed garrison command of the Fort Indiantown Gap National Training Site.  He is a graduate of the US Army War College with a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.

Scott’s service to his community has included serving as the chairman of the Carroll Township Planning Commission, and as a member of the township Source Water Protection Committee. He was chairman of the Dillsburg Area Wellhead Protection Advisory Committee and he served on the Dillsburg Revitalization Committee. He remains active in the Jaycees and held the office of regional director for the state organization. He also is a member of Dillsburg Legion Post #26, Dillsburg VFW Post #6771, and is a Lions Club International Member.

Scott began serving as the Congressman from Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District in 2013. He serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure, Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs Committees.

Scott and his wife, Christy, are the proud parents of two daughters, Ryenn and Mattea.


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