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Rick Perry Goes Before Congress For Secretary of Energy Confirmation Hearing

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Former Governor Rick Perry will go before Congress today for his confirmation hearing for Secretary of Energy, a position he apparently didn't even understand at first.

A new report from the New York Times says Perry accepted the nomination believing he was "taking on a role as a global ambassador for the american oil and gas industry."

In reality, two-thirds of the energy department's budget goes towards the country's nuclear stockpile.

During his 2012 presidential campaign, Perry even said he wanted to get rid of the department.

Michael McKenna, a former member of Donald Trump's transition team, told the Times that Perry is educating himself about the job.


Watch: Rick Perry jokingly talks to Senator Al Franken at Perry's confirmation hearing
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