Scott Perry

Scott Perry


We Must Impose Travel Restrictions to Confront the Spread of the Ebola Virus


Last week, we learned that a Texas health care worker who was treating now-deceased Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has also tested positive for the virus. This marks the first known transmission of Ebola in the United States. The nurse was apparently in full protective gear while treating Mr. Duncan. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has said there was a breach in protocol in Texas, but hasn't elaborated on what that means. Meanwhile, a nurse in Spain with Ebola continues to fight for her life after treating an Ebola patient in that country. She remains in critical condition. Many residents of the 4th Congressional District have questioned me about our government’s plans to combat and contain this deadly virus.   They raise serious and valid questions. How could a nurse at an American hospital contract the virus? Is this an isolated case of human error that probably won’t happen again? Or could there be more to it? This is the largest Ebola outbreak in history. Originating in late December 2013 in Guinea, the current strand of Ebola spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia by spring 2014. It’s estimated that more than 4,000 have died, with many more deaths likely unreported. Currently the affected countries are struggling to contain the virus due to extreme poverty and weak public health systems. The Ebola Virus is a type of viral hemorrhagic fever. Prior to recent events, there have been five cases of viral hemorrhagic fever imported to the United States. According to the CDC, it is contracted through contact with the bodily fluids of infected patients who do not become contagious until they exhibit symptoms. The symptoms of Ebola are: fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F); severe headache; muscle pain; weakness; diarrhea; vomiting; abdominal (stomach) pain; and unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising). The incubation period for Ebola is generally 8 to 10 days; but it can be as short as 2 days or as long as 21 days. The CDC was initially confident in its ability to prevent the spread of Ebola to the U.S.  However, the news that Thomas Eric Duncan was screened by CDC-trained officials prior to leaving Liberia, and the recent revelations of the infected Dallas health care worker make many Americans, myself included, understandably skeptical of these assertions. Thus far, the Obama Administration has announced enhanced screening at five major U.S. airports, including Washington Dulles, John F. Kennedy, Newark Liberty, O’Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson international airports, to prevent the virus from again entering the country undetected. I don’t think these measures go far enough. First, airport screening measures aren’t a fail-safe maneuver. Ebola’s long incubation period means a traveler could be infected as long as three weeks prior to the onset of symptoms. The Department of Homeland Security and the CDC should restrict travel from the nations where Ebola is purported to have originated. We must do a much better job of ensuring that clinicians, EMS, and flight crews are aware of the symptoms of Ebola and the procedures for treatment. In addition, DHS must secure our borders to ensure that infected individuals are unable to travel across our southern border from Mexico.  The CDC and DHS must utilize all available resources/measures to contain this deadly virus and prevent its spread to the U.S. homeland. By failing to take such actions, state and local governments will be left to deal with the consequences. Without a comprehensive response plan, state and local officials will have to craft their own solutions, creating a less coordinated response and leaving local taxpayers to foot the bill. That’s just wrong. I also have strong concerns about President Obama’s decision to send 3,000 U.S. military personnel to several countries in West Africa to help contain this virus. While I agree the Ebola outbreak is an alarming humanitarian and medical crisis that requires a strong international response, the deployment of U.S. military forces to contain the outbreak is not the answer. The U.S. military’s sole purpose is to protect the United States and its national security interests abroad. U.S. military personnel are not trained or adequately equipped to combat the spread of dangerous viruses like Ebola. Instead qualified medical professionals and organizations with the technical capabilities required to contain Ebola should continue to lead this fight. By sending 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa, the President is unnecessarily putting our military men and women in harm’s way. I’ve written a letter to President Obama expressing our concerns. In order for Congress to partner with the Administration in confronting this challenge, we need answers to several questions: 1.  What would trigger the DHS and CDC to initiate a more comprehensive response to the Ebola outbreak, including the potential implementation of travel restrictions to severely affected countries in West Africa? 2.  What event(s) or trigger(s) would need to occur for the DHS and CDC to reevaluate their responses to the Ebola outbreak and implement a more comprehensive plan? 3.)   What would such a response entail? 4.)    In another case, what measures is the CDC currently implementing to prevent the spread of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)? With more than 500 individuals infected with EV-D68, including several deaths, we must learn the origins of this virus and take decisive action to confront its spread. In September, Congress gave the CDC an additional $30 million to combat Ebola. Last week, Congress released $750 million to the Defense Department, ending a delay caused by lawmakers’ questions over the administration’s Ebola strategy. Like most other agencies, the CDC's funding has been scrutinized in recent years. President Obama’s own 2015 budget request decreased funding for the CDC. Yet some have argued that the CDC has diverted funding away from programs that can fight infectious diseases, and toward matters that don’t match the CDC’s mission. This situation has become a threat to our national security and the American people are justifiably concerned. No one wants to raise unnecessary alarm – but now that several assertions made by President Obama and the CDC have proven to be inaccurate, we must focus on telling the American people what we know – not what we hope might happen. The Obama Administration must engage with Congress on this issue so we can immediately take decisive action to confront its spread. Read More

Statement on the Passing of Former State Senator Mike Waugh


"Christy and I send our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family and friends of former State Senator Mike Waugh. I had the honor of serving with Senator Waugh in Harrisburg and have known him for nearly 20 years. I visited with him last week and the courage he showed in confronting his recent health issues was a testament to his strength and character. Mike Waugh leaves a legacy of tireless and dedicated service to York County and Pennsylvania. May God bless Mike and his family.” Read More

Statement from Congressman Perry in Observance of Rosh Hashanah


"As Jewish Americans at home and abroad mark the first of the High Holy Days, I extend my warmest wishes for the New Year. Tonight, families gather in synagogues and homes to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, reflect on the past year and look forward to the new.  As you share in traditional festivities, you renew your commitment to acts of compassion and to the cause of freedom around the world. We wish all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah a wonderful year of health and prosperity. L’shanah tovah!” Read More

Statement on Continuing Resolution Vote


“Today’s continuing resolution (H.J.Res. 124) to fund the federal government until December 15th and leave future spending decisions to a lame-duck session of Congress is another clear failure of leadership on behalf of Congress and the Obama Administration. I won’t support such a short-sighted policy and I opposed this bill. Funding the government for weeks at a time creates uncertainty for the private sector and limits economic growth. Punting the budget to a lame-duck session would allow long-term spending decisions to be made by some Members of Congress who were just rejected by voters and cannot be held responsible for their actions. This is terrible public policy, it subverts the will of the voters and makes a mockery of public accountability. Democrats and Republicans in Washington must finally end the process of kicking these difficult issues down the road. We must confront the tough decisions to reduce our unsustainable debt and strengthen our economy for all Americans. I also opposed the amendment to H.J. Res 124 to train and equip Syrian rebels in the fight against ISIS. I’ve said that America must take an active, decisive and vigilant role in working with our allies to destroy ISIS. Yet, the Obama Administration’s $500 million to train and equip about 5,000 “vetted rebels” raises more questions than it answers. What end-state will be satisfactory? What is the definition of success? What is the exit strategy? This action inserts us into the Syrian civil war, given that these rebels are more likely to continue their bloody fight against the Assad regime than to confront ISIS. It wastes precious time, energy and resources. I will continue to support our troops, but the haphazard manner in which the Obama Administration thus far has handled this crisis, with the President and his military advisers offering conflicting statements on major strategic issues, doesn’t inspire my confidence.” Read More

Rep. Scott Perry Statement in Remembrance of 9-11-01


Rep. Scott Perry released the following statement in remembrance of the horrific events of 9-11-01:             “Like most Americans, I remember the morning of September 11, 2001 like it was yesterday.  The tragic events of that day affected each of us in different ways, but we all remember where we were and who we were with when we heard the terrible news. While America has begun to heal from the wounds of those cowardly and terrifying attacks over the last decade, scars remain.              With each passing year, this Anniversary serves as a moment of reflection and a time to remember the brave and selfless acts of our first responders and the ordinary citizens who committed extraordinary acts of heroism. Most importantly, we will never forget the thousands of innocent people who died in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.               Today I join my fellow Americans in prayer and remembrance of those who lost their lives on that fateful day. Today also is a reminder that we must remain vigilant about our country’s security and safety.  Waiting for an imminent attack will cost American lives, as we learned on September 11, 2001 and on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi.  Today – and always – we must remember.”  ###   Read More

Statement on President Obama’s ISIS Speech


“Though he has waited far too long to lead on this issue, President Obama finally has begun a serious dialogue with the American people regarding his proposed strategy to combat ISIS. Having no specific detail at this point, I’m generally supportive of his intent, but we’ve heard tough rhetoric before.  The President mentioned tonight that American leadership abroad has been “constant.”  Respectfully, Mr. President, were that true, we wouldn’t be in this position right now.  The end result of Libya, Syria and other foreign crises has been, in fact, a breathtaking failure of leadership. We must have a clear objective moving forward and an endgame strategy. The President mentioned that ISIS has no vision; I vehemently disagree.  In fact, ISIS has an extremely clear vision – a caliphate:  the complete and utter destruction of Western Civilization.  And they’re becoming more capable with every passing moment.  ISIS poses a clear threat to the United States.  Waiting until they plan – or execute - an attack will cost American lives, which we learned on September 11, 2001 and in Benghazi two years ago.  Other nations throughout Europe and the Middle East have recognized that the time to act is long overdue, and they’re seeking U.S. support and leadership.  If we’re serious about destroying this threat and its radical ideology, our coalition must conduct simultaneous operations in Iraq and Syria to deny ISIS a safe haven to plot and plan terrorist attacks. Air strikes alone will not defeat ISIS. Our allies are willing to lead the fight on the ground, but they won’t succeed without U.S. support in areas like intelligence, refueling and special operations.  Americans are right to be skeptical about another foreign military operation in this part of the world. There are no good options and some tough questions to answer.  I have some questions of my own:  1) Why doesn’t military action of this scope require Congressional approval?  2) Who has command and control? 3) How is success measured? 4) Is the threat defined as a group operating within certain geographic parameters, or as the broader ideology ISIS seeks to spread even further throughout the world? 5) We’re already more than $17 trillion in debt – who’s paying for this? 6) How do we conduct operations in Syria without making the situation even worse, and then being responsible for cleaning it up?  7) When enemy combatants are captured, where will they be held?  Our fellow Americans – especially our troops - deserve these answers before we commit any further resources. I want to have confidence in the President’s strategy and his stewardship, but I have strong concerns.  When U.S. forces withdrew from Iraq in 2011, his Administration failed to negotiate an agreement that would’ve allowed a limited U.S. military presence to help the Iraqis keep extremist groups from filling the power vacuum. Instead, these ultra-radical jihadist groups have grown rapidly in both Iraq and Syria and…here we are.  From a military perspective, I’m also continually frustrated that the President keeps telling our enemies what we will and won’t do regarding combat operations; it demonstrates a lack of tactical, strategic and, frankly, common sense. Americans understandably are war weary, but this enemy is not.  Madmen that revel in savage acts of torture are not individuals who respond to diplomacy.  “Hope” is not a course of action – this is not going to get better until we take an active, decisive and vigilant role.  ISIS’ brutal tactics highlight the worst of which humanity is capable and they must be stopped.” Read More

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


         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


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


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: 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


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

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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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