Scott Perry

Scott Perry

PENNSYLVANIA's 4th DISTRICT

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

VA Reforms Needed Now

2014/05/22

As a 33-year military veteran, I'm 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. Whistleblowers have reported that the Phoenix VA Hospital developed a “secret waiting list” to hide these delays - which may have led to the deaths of dozens of patients while they waited for care. These allegations are appalling and, if proven, will not be tolerated. I've served with countless, selfless service members - many of whom sacrificed their lives or endured serious physical and mental injuries; they - and all others who serve our nation in uniform - deserve better. These revelations, coupled with news reports about the intentional destruction of evidence during the investigation of this matter, have shaken Americans’ confidence in the VA and led two of the nation’s leading veteran organizations - The American Legion and Concerned Veterans for America - to call for the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. This isn’t a blanket condemnation of the VA, which successfully provides critical medical care to millions of veterans each day. I've seen firsthand the commitment and dedication of VA staff. But the problems with the VA bureaucracy are clear for all to see and the status quo simply is unacceptable. First, too many veterans are waiting too long to receive medical treatment. As of last October, the number of pending claims reported by the VA stood at 717,007 — of which over 411,000 had been pending for more than 125 days. While the VA has made some progress in addressing this issue, more can be done to directly reduce the backlog at facilities with the greatest wait time.  I’ve supported legislation that would direct funding already allocated within the VA to where it's truly needed most - VA Regional Offices, such as in Pittsburgh and Baltimore, which are most responsible for the backlog. The answer isn’t necessarily to throw money at the problem – the VA’s budget has increased about 60 percent in five years. This is an example of doing “more with less” with targeted reallocation of funding to address the backlog problem at its source. Last fall, I also voted in favor of a bill, H.R. 2189, that would establish a commission to evaluate the backlog of veterans’ disability compensation claims and recommend ways to reduce the number of pending claims. Second, we must hold the VA and its employees accountable when mistakes and grievous oversights are made.             I’m a co-sponsor of 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. Multiple VA Inspector General reports have linked patient care problems to widespread mismanagement within VA facilities. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that VA bonus pay has no clear link to performance. As a result, the VA has given its senior executives cash bonuses of up to $63,000 – despite the lingering issues cited above.  H.R. 4031 would help bring real accountability to the VA by making it easier to fire or demote senior managers who are failing our veterans.  I also voted in favor of H.R. 357, the G.I. Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013, which would ban performance bonuses for VA Senior Executive Service employees and would heighten reporting requirements for VA employees.          Finally, one of the areas where we're most clearly failing our veterans is mental health. While mental health issues are far too complex to hold the VA singularly accountable, it's incumbent upon us to honor the service of veterans facing mental health challenges and to find a solution. The numbers are tragic. In 2013, 284 active-duty service members committed suicide, and the VA’s best estimate projects that 22 veterans die by suicide each day. A new poll from the Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation found that 51 percent of post-9/11 veterans know a service member or veteran who attempted or committed suicide. Veterans deserve timely access to mental health care, yet many wait far too long for appointments. Veterans have earned high-quality care tailored to their needs, but too often our system fails to evaluate programs or ensure our service members are informed by best research our country has to offer. Right from the start, we fail those who want to serve by not offering what could save their lives, or perhaps the lives of others - a mental health competency test. Currently, the Department of Defense does a thorough physical assessment of individuals before they join, but no mental health evaluation.  Why?            To address this, I co-sponsored H.R. 4305, the Medical Evaluation Parity for Servicemembers (MEPS) Act, which would institute a preliminary mental health assessment at the time recruits first join the military. The assessment then may be used as a baseline to help identify changes in mental health throughout an individual’s military career.         Congress owes it to all who serve to expedite these bills and fulfill the VA’s core values of integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence. Read More

Perry Joins Farmers, Builders and Small-Business Owners to Raise Concern Over New Regulation

2014/05/12

York, PA  – U.S. Rep. Scott Perry will be joined by local job creators to highlight concerns regarding a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that could dramatically expand the government’s authority to regulate ponds, ditches, and other wet areas. Congressman Perry took part in a hearing on this issue earlier this month. http://perry.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/perry-questions-proposed-expansion-of-federal-water-regulations. Currently the EPA has jurisdiction over “navigable waters”.  This EPA proposal could extend its authority to include man-made ditches, farm ponds, irrigation streams and even areas that collect water for a few days a year. The groups represented at the news conference, including small business, farmers, builders and property owners, believe this regulatory over-reach will create more government red tape and weaken the Pennsylvania economy.  Many channels, ditches and ponds are already regulated under state and local laws. WHO:            U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, the National Federation of Independent Business and local job creators WHAT:          News Conference WHEN:          Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 5:30 p.m. WHERE:       Musser’s Farm and Pond, 4390 Broad Rd., Manchester, Pa 17345 Read More

Perry Chairs Homeland Security Subcommittee Hearing on EMP Threats

2014/05/09

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (PA-4) chaired the Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies hearing regarding electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threats to critical infrastructure. The hearing focused on the threats that nation-states, terrorists, and criminal organizations could pose to the American electricity grid.  The hearing also examined the persistent threat that solar flares pose to the grid.  Combating these threats and hardening America’s energy infrastructure will require a coordinated effort among multiple partners in the public and private sectors. “Yesterday’s hearing was a critical first step in raising public awareness about the underreported threat that Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) poses to our homeland security, said Rep. Perry. It’s important that we present accurate, objective information to the American people regarding EMP’s potentially catastrophic danger to our critical infrastructure.” For more information about this hearing, please visit http://homeland.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-hearing-electromagnetic-pulse-emp-threat-critical-infrastructure.  The hearing itself can be viewed in its entirety here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y3b6TC9G_g. 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

Perry Questions Proposed Expansion of Federal Water Regulations

2014/05/02

YORK, PA – U.S. Representative Scott Perry (PA-4) joined his colleagues on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee at a field hearing in Altoona, Pennsylvania this week to review a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that could dramatically extend the federal government’s authority to regulate ponds, ditches, and other wet areas.  Enacted in 1972, the Clean Water Act (CWA) claimed jurisdiction over the nation’s “navigable waters,” which are defined as “the waters of the United States, including the territorial seas”. This proposed rule seeks to “clarify” which bodies of water are subject to federal jurisdiction under the CWA. Constituents have raised strong concerns with Rep. Perry about this proposed rule’s potential for adverse impacts to residents and businesses in the 4th District. “We can find common sense ways to protect our environment and waterways without unnecessarily expanding the reach of the federal government,” said Rep. Perry.  “Government regulations cost the average American family more than $15,000 each year and I’m concerned this proposal will just add to those costs.” This proposal is not new. Previous legislative attempts to expand these regulations were halted with strong bipartisan opposition in Congress. Twice, the Supreme Court also reaffirmed that there are limits to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The proposed regulation could also duplicate existing environmental oversight by states, thereby wasting taxpayer dollars. During the hearing, Rep. Perry questioned the potential scope of this new regulation, noting that all ephemeral and intermittent streams, and the wetlands that are connected or next to them, will be subject to federal oversight under the proposed rule. He expressed concern that everyday business or private activity that create temporary ditches and other small wet areas could now fall under federal jurisdiction.  Continued oversight of this proposal will help protect our waters without unreasonable and burdensome regulations on our businesses, farmers, and families. Rep. Perry has regularly confronted excessive government regulations that act as barriers to stronger private sector growth and job creation. For example, the House-approved REINS Act (H.R. 367) requires an up-or-down vote in Congress on any major new regulation with an economic cost of $100 million or more. 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 new 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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