"The President's budget blueprint outlines a forward looking, mission focused budget for the Department of Energy.  Our goal in the budget process is to properly align resources to the important missions of the Department.  We must always do this while meeting the fiduciary duty we owe the American taxpayer.  The blueprint focuses on positioning our nation to become more energy independent by utilizing America’s greatest natural resource, our people.  The Department’s mission over the last 40 years will look very different for the next 40 years as we continue to innovate. At the same time, we will keep our commitments to further the clean-up legacy projects, utilize our national laboratories for cutting edge science and improve our national security.

I look forward to working with Congress over the coming weeks and months to ensure DOE is run efficiently and effectively, as we accomplish our mission driven goals."