Op-eds

08.19.19

Empower states to lift people out of poverty

By U.S. Senators Marco Rubio, Joni Ernst, Tim Scott and David PerdueWashington Examiner Since President Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty in 1964, the federal government has spent $23 trillion attempting to alleviate poverty. Today, we spend almost $1 trillion annually on over 80 programs to help those in need. Despite this significant investment, very little progress has been made in reducing poverty. In 2017, 12.3 % of Americans lived in poverty, just slightly below the 1966 rate … Continue Reading


07.31.19

A 'no' vote on the budget deal is a vote for more spending

By U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA)Washington Examiner When President Trump set out to negotiate a budget deal, he had two primary goals: continue to reduce discretionary spending as a percentage of the economy and fully fund our military. Those goals were accomplished last week when the Trump administration and congressional leaders struck a deal on spending caps and the debt ceiling. Unfortunately, many of my Senate colleagues are considering voting no on this deal, because they want to red… Continue Reading


07.15.19

The US military will pay the price if no budget deal is reached

By: U.S. Senator David PerdueDefense News Right now, Congress is teetering on the edge of a slippery slope that could damage our military capabilities for generations and jeopardize our ability to deal with China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and terrorism. When President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, the United States military faced a serious readiness crisis. Two-thirds of the Navy's F/A-18 fighter jets were not mission-capable. Only three of the Army's 58 brigade combat teams could… Continue Reading


06.09.19

Politics Has No Place In Disaster Relief

by U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA)

Tomorrow marks eight months since Hurricane Michael made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane. Hurricane Michael hit southwest Georgia at exactly the time when most crops were ready for harvest. Peanuts, pecans, blueberries, cotton, poultry - nothing was spared. Agriculture is Georgia's top industry and our No. 1 economic driver. Before the hurricane, farmers were expecting a record harvest. Instead, their crops were completely destroyed. Shortly after the hurricane hit, President Donald Trump,… Continue Reading


06.03.19

Disaster Relief: What Can Be Done Better Next Time

by U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA)

June 1 marked the beginning of hurricane season, and as we prepare to face this year's inevitable natural disasters, many Americans are still waiting to receive federal aid to recover from last season's devastation. Disaster relief historically has never been a partisan issue. Unfortunately, it turned into one over the last eight months. Despite Democrats pushing for poison pill proposals, President Trump was able to break through the gridlock, and the House and Senate found consensus on a bip… Continue Reading


04.19.19

What’s causing the delay in disaster relief? Here’s what really happened behind closed doors

by U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA)

Our country has suffered a series of unprecedented natural disasters over the last year. Hurricanes in the Southeast, wildfires in California, earthquakes in Alaska, and floods in the Midwest have left millions of Americans in desperate need of help from the federal government. Congress had an opportunity to pass a $13.6 billion disaster aid package that would have provided immediate assistance to people who are suffering. Senate Democrats voted against it. Why? Democrats said Republicans were… Continue Reading


03.26.19

Savannah harbor deepening key to Georgia’s success

by U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA)

For the past 20 years, career politicians have been trying to deepen the Port of Savannah five feet to accommodate new, larger post-Panamax ships. In the real world, people would have been fired for not getting the job done sooner. Fortunately, President Donald Trump has broken through the gridlock in Washington. He has announced full funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) for the third straight year. After 20 years of delays at the federal level, we are finally on track to co… Continue Reading


09.19.18

Senate funding progress is not a permanent solution

by U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA)

In March, President Trump said he would never again sign another last-minute, massive spending bill. In May, a group of 16 Republican senators came together to say we were willing to work nights, weekends, and through the annual August recess to deliver results, specifically on confirmations and funding. This additional time created an opportunity for Congress to fully fund the government on time for the first time in 22 years. Congress got close, but missed its chance. Despite some progress, … Continue Reading


07.26.18

A Long-Term Future For Robins Air Force Base And U.S. National Defense

by U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA)

I grew up in Warner Robins, Georgia. As a member of the United States Senate Armed Services Committee and a former member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I know that Robins Air Force Base is an integral piece of our country's national security. Since 1996, Robins has been home to the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System mission. JSTARS is a platform that helps with intelligence gathering and battle management. JSTARS planes are very much in demand. However, JSTARS is an… Continue Reading


07.16.18

Confirm Judge Kavanaugh

by U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA)

Nominating justices to the United States Supreme Court is one of the most important responsibilities the Constitution bestows upon the president of the United States. President Trump knows this, and has clearly taken this charge very seriously. Last year, President Trump made an outstanding choice in nominating Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. This week, he again put forward an impressive nominee in Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh himself declared his judicial philosophy… Continue Reading


06.24.18

Robins is a force today and will be tomorrow. Here’s why.

by U.S. Senator David Perdue

Since 1941, Robins Air Force Base has played a key role in our nation's national defense. Growing up in Warner Robins, I remember watching B-52s and KC-135s take off to fly around Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. To say Robins Air Force Base is important to the Middle Georgia community and our nation is an understatement. Maintaining Robins' ability to meet the changing needs of the Air Force has been a personal priority of mine since the day I came to the United States Senate. For almost… Continue Reading


06.17.18

Harbor deepening funds a huge win

by U.S. Senator David Perdue

Return on investment is the driving force behind financial decisions successful businesses make. Finally, it looks like our federal government is starting to operate this way too. We've been trying to deepen the Port of Savannah five feet for 19 years, and it took a business guy in the White House to help get it done. Last week, it was announced the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) will receive the federal funding it needs to stay on track. This announcement is a huge win for Georgia an… Continue Reading


05.17.18

Make Congress Work Again

by Sen. David Perdue & Jenny Beth Martin

"I say to Congress: I will never sign another bill like this again." President Trump made this crystal clear following the massive, last-minute funding bill in March, and he is serious. However, Congress has not gotten the message. Several weeks have passed since the president issued this warning, and Washington is still spiraling towards another 11th-hour spending battle. We can see it clear as day, but many career politicians cannot. Action must be taken immediately to overcome the followin… Continue Reading


04.18.18

Sen. David Perdue: Trump's North Korea policy is succeeding

by U.S. Senator David Perdue

CIA Director and Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo's recent meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was an important step to lay the groundwork for the upcoming meeting planned between President Trump and Kim Jong-un. I fully support President Trump's decision to hold this important meeting. Our president has established what was missing from U.S. policy toward North Korea for years: Credibility for the threat of use of force. Without that credibility, our diplomatic efforts have n… Continue Reading


02.23.18

Tax Cuts Are Helping Georgians

by U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue

The tax cuts passed by the U.S. Senate and signed into law by President Donald J. Trump are already having a positive impact across the country. Businesses are investing in our economy again. More than 3 million Americans have received bonuses. Wages are rising at their highest rate in eight years. Here in Georgia, we are seeing this positive impact firsthand. In Marietta, Expanded Technologies, Inc., is giving a minimum bonus of $500 to every employee. Lockheed Martin is increasing its employ… Continue Reading


02.07.18

Let’s Make Congress Work Again

by U.S. Senator David Perdue

In contrast to our current economic rebound, the United States debt is past the tipping point of a financial crisis. This should not come as a surprise. Even though we are five months into the 2018 fiscal year, Congress has not funded the federal government for this year. Even after this week, Washington still may not get the job done. Our national debt is over $20 trillion. We are on track to add another $10 trillion of debt over the next decade. The single biggest cause of our debt crisis … Continue Reading


01.18.18

Any DACA Deal Must Include An End To Chain Migration

by U.S. Senators David Perdue, Tom Cotton, and Chuck Grassley

If Congress and the president don't reach an immigration deal in the next two months, more than 690,000 young DACA recipients will lose their temporary work permits and protections from deportation. Nobody wants to see that happen. Most of these young people were brought to this country through no fault of their own, and they relied on President Obama's executive actions. We have great sympathy for these young men and women, and we have an opportunity now to pass legislation that protects them … Continue Reading


12.23.17

A year of accomplishments

by Senator David Perdue

When President Donald J. Trump was elected, he outlined his top goals: confirming a conservative Justice to the Supreme Court, rolling back onerous regulations, fixing our health care system, and changing our archaic tax code. We have begun to do that, and we are already seeing the economy start to move. Trump's agenda is starting to work and this has been a year of significant accomplishments. So far, nearly 2 million new jobs have been created. Eight-hundred sixty rules and regulations hav… Continue Reading


12.05.17

Stop Gambling With National Security, And End The Visa Lottery

by U.S. Senator David Perdue

This visa lottery is tainted by fraud and abuse, and has been identified as a national security risk for years. The suspect in October's terrorist attack in New York City used the federal government-run green card lottery to enter the United States, showing again that there is no doubt that it should be eliminated. Since the lottery was enacted in 1990, the federal government has naively doled out approximately 50,000 green-cards annually at random to foreign nationals from countries with lower… Continue Reading


11.21.17

Happy 100th to the 3rd Infantry Division

by Senator David Perdue

Georgia has a proud military history and the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division - stationed at Fort Stewart - is a key part of that tradition. Today, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Army's premiere fighting force. Since its creation in 1917, the 3rd Infantry Division has exemplified its hard-earned motto, "Nous resterons la!," which translates as, "We shall remain here!" Though the 3rd Infantry Division was originally stationed in North Carolina, its Georgia ties are deep. Following Wo… Continue Reading

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