Op-eds

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


11.20.17

The simple truth about America's awful tax code I learned as a Fortune 500 CEO

by Senator David Perdue

In business, it all comes down to your return on investment (ROI). Decisions are made based on what is best for the company's bottom line. Unfortunately, America's current tax code is telling companies they will get a better ROI by investing their resources in another country. First, within the United States, we don't have a level playing field across all industries. I led two Fortune 500 companies. One of them, Dollar General, today pays an effective tax rate of 37 percent. The other, Reebok, … Continue Reading


11.11.17

Keeping Our Promise To Veterans

by Senator David Perdue

Today, we honor our veterans and their families for their sacrifices and unwavering dedication to our country. Our troops who wear the uniform represent the best, and I mean the very best, our country has to offer. It is because of their service that we enjoy the freedom that comes with being an American. I'm proud of the military tradition of our state. I'm also proud to serve those in uniform as Georgia's junior senator in the United States Senate. I take that responsibility very seriously. W… Continue Reading


10.05.17

Rising debt is greatest national security threat. Here’s how to fix it.

by Senator David Perdue

The single greatest threat to our national security is our national debt. Last month, the debt topped $20 trillion. This should have sounded alarms throughout Washington. However, it went largely unnoticed and today it's still business as usual. Washington is on track to rack up another $11 trillion in debt over the next decade, and there's another $100 trillion in future unfunded liabilities (consisting of spending of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, interest on the debt and pensions for f… Continue Reading


09.27.17

Reinventing Washington’s Broken Budget Process

by Senator David Perdue & Representative Doug Collins

4:43. Those are the odds the federal government will complete its budget process on time. Since the 1974 Budget Act became law, it has worked the way it was intended just four times in 43 consecutive tries. The American people are fed up with Washington - and rightfully so. Both parties are responsible for this pathetic budgeting record and for its byproduct: a staggering $20 trillion debt. It's time to forge a new path. Currently, Congress' budget process consists of a resolution and 12 separ… Continue Reading


09.22.17

Audit the Department of Defense

by Senator David Perdue

Today, our country faces a global security crisis. The world is more dangerous than any time in my lifetime. At the same time, our military has been disinvested for the third time in the last forty years and finds itself at a point where we have the smallest army since World War II, the smallest Navy since World War I, and the oldest and smallest Air Force in our history. It's going to take capital to rebuild our military, but before we can even begin thinking about a long-term investment to do… Continue Reading


09.18.17

The Afghanistan Strategy We’ve Been Waiting For

by Senator David Perdue

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., visited Afghanistan to meet with U.S. military leaders, diplomats, and Afghan political officials about the threat of terrorism and instability, and America's role in the region. The hot, dry air hit us like a wave as we stepped off the ramp of the CH-47 helicopter onto the gravel surrounding Technical Base Gamberi in East Afghanistan. As a young U.S. Army officer greeted us, he warned that the base was often the target of indirect fire. Another jarring reminder that A… Continue Reading


08.08.17

Sens. Cotton and Perdue: Our immigration plan is pro-worker and pro-growth

by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Senator David Perdue (R-GA)

President Trump got big applause last week during a speech in Ohio when he called for fixing our immigration system. Instead of a "terrible system where anybody comes in," the president advocated for a "merit-based system, one that protects our workers" and "our economy." According to polls, most Americans agree with him, but our outdated immigration laws do the opposite. The basic principles of those laws haven't been changed in over half a century, making them divorced from the needs of our … Continue Reading

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