U.S. Rep.-elect Chuck Fleischmann vows he will be a strong advocate for the government’s Oak Ridge programs and support construction of the proposed multibillion-dollar Uranium Processing Facility.

Chuck_FleischmannU.S. Rep.-elect Chuck Fleischmann vowed that he would be a strong advocate for the government’s Oak Ridge programs and support construction of the proposed multibillion-dollar Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant.

The Chattanooga Republican won the 3rd Congressional District seat Nov. 2 and will succeed U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., the eight-term congressman who ran unsuccessfully for governor and did not seek re-election, in January.

Fleischmann was in Knoxville for a breakfast meeting at the Energy Technology and Environmental Business Conference. In a brief interview afterward, he said Oak Ridge is “critically important” to the 3rd District and the United States.

During his campaign, Fleischmann described himself as a conservative Republican who would fight “against growing deficits and out-of-control spending.” While in Knoxville, he indicated that would not conflict with support of big government programs in Oak Ridge – including UPF, a new production facility at Y-12 that could cost as much as $5 billion.

“Y-12 is the national center for uranium,” he said. “We’re privileged to have that. I think that’s so important. And I think we are so fortunate to have right here in Tennessee this outstanding national treasure, and we all need to work together to get the message out. It’s a matter of priority, spending priority. We need to make sure that we continue to appropriate for Oak Ridge because it’s so critical to our national security.”

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Source: Frank Munger | Knoxville News Sentinel
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