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Energy Secretary Rick Perry defended his travel record Thursday morning during a two-hour hearing before a panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Perry name-dropped United and Southwest as his airlines of choice in downplaying reports that he used expensive private flights to move around in his official capacity as energy secretary.
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"I am a frequent flier on Southwest and United," Perry said, pointing out that many of the nation's nuclear labs are in far-away places that may require him to use noncommercial flights.
"The point is, I travel a lot to do my job. I do it in a way I think is thoughtful with taxpayers in mind. And I am going to continue to do my job," Perry told the energy subcommittee. "I will make a commitment to you that I will try to do it in the most thoughtful and reasonable way. Time to time, if I will be in those places in timely fashion, I may do it in...
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