Op-eds

05.13.20

Why we need to continue opening the economy

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

Since the Covid-19 crisis began, tens of millions of Americans have filed for unemployment. Consumer confidence has fallen dramatically. Small businesses, which operate on thin margins even in the best of times, are hanging by a thread. This should be a glaring wake-up call: we must continue taking critical steps to reopen the economy. Many states have already started to reopen as their case numbers fall. Yet many people are wondering how we can go back to work without causing a spike in new Co… Continue Reading


05.10.20

Our Healthcare Workers Need Backup

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

During this COVID-19 crisis, the men and women in our healthcare system are risking their own health and safety to serve their communities and save lives. However, these heroes have been put under tremendous strain. Nurses and doctors are working longer hours. Retirees are being asked to come back to work. Some healthcare workers themselves have contracted the coronavirus. Making matters worse, our healthcare workforce was already strained before this crisis began. Recently, it was projected th… Continue Reading


05.01.20

Paycheck Protection Program a lifeline for Georgia workers

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

Since January, President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force have been leading an unprecedented, government-wide effort that has slowed the spread of COVID-19 and saved American lives. However, shutting down the economy has had a human cost. Many Georgians are unsure if they will be able to keep their jobs, run their businesses, and provide for their families after the coronavirus is contained. President Trump understands this, which is why he recently launched the Economic Recover… Continue Reading


03.23.20

We can’t let the COVID-19 liquidity crisis become an insolvency crisis

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

Right now, the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus is creating an economic crisis in the United States. As the public take critical steps to reduce viral transmission, consumer demand is plummeting. Businesses large and small are losing access to liquidity, putting them at serious risk of becoming insolvent and displacing millions of workers. As the federal government weighs a Phase Three relief bill to preserve the economy and millions of jobs, one thing is clear: We cannot let a liquidity crisis b… Continue Reading


02.06.20

By acquitting Trump, Senate protected our republic

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

This week, the U.S. Senate turned the page on one of the most troubling chapters in our country's history. Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives attempted to use impeachment as a partisan political weapon. The Senate prevented this from happening. From day one, House Democrats were only concerned with overturning the 2016 election and influencing the 2020 election. Democrat House manager Adam Schiff had a consistent message: we can't trust elections, that's why we have impeachment. … Continue Reading


12.19.19

Johnny Isakson has been a true leader for Georgia

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

Johnny Isakson is, in my opinion, the Howard Baker of our era. When he talks, people listen. He doesn't talk loudly, and doesn't talk often, but when he does, people always pay attention. When Johnny retires from the United States Senate at the end of this month, he will leave behind a legacy of public service that will impact our state and country for years to come. No matter the challenge, Johnny has always tackled every issue with clear-eyed determination. For the last five years, I have ha… Continue Reading


11.20.19

Democrats’ socialist agenda would kill the American dream

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

Wednesday night, the country's most liberal Democrats will descend on my home state of Georgia and flood the airwaves with their radical, socialist ideas. The presidential candidates on stage will attempt to paint a rosy picture of a socialist worldview that has failed repeatedly around the globe. Do not be fooled by catchy names like the "Green New Deal," "Medicare For All," and the "Freedom Dividend." These are disguises for socialist policies that would fundamentally change the country as w… Continue Reading


11.04.19

Even after ISIS raid Dems won't do this one thing to make US safe

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

Last weekend, President Trump announced incredible news for our country. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder and self-proclaimed "caliph" of the depraved Islamic State terrorist group, was eliminated by U.S. forces. Al-Muhajir, who was set to replace al-Baghdadi, was also taken out. This is a victory for our military, our country and the world. It is a triumph for global security. Our entire country should be celebrating this victory, just as we did when Osama Bin Laden was killed. Instead, the … Continue Reading


10.24.19

China trade agreement is crucial to avoiding the next Cold War

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

President John F. Kennedy once said, "let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate." Kennedy's words live on today as we fight to level the playing field with our trading partners around the world. The Trump Administration has negotiated trade deals with South Korea and Japan, in addition to the USMCA with our closest neighbors. Earlier this month, the administration kept up the momentum by coming to a preliminary agreement with China on what President Donald Trump ca… Continue Reading


09.24.19

Better school design can help keep kids safer

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

Growing up, both of my parents were public schoolteachers. It gave them great joy to work every day to help shape the future for our children. As a parent and grandfather, I feel the same joy watching my grandkids learn something new. Last month, 1.7 million students across Georgia headed back to school. For them, unfortunately, the reality of going to school feels dramatically different than it did when I was younger. Over the last 20 years, many students across the country have directly expe… Continue Reading


08.19.19

Empower states to lift people out of poverty

by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio, Joni Ernst, Tim Scott and David Perdue

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 of 14.7%. In short, it's clear the status quo isn't working. There is no one-size-fits-al… 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)

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 reduce spending. Well, so do I. In this case, however, a n… Continue Reading


07.15.19

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

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

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 be called upon to fight that night. Mainte… 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


01.06.19

Will Democrats legislate or investigate?

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

America is experiencing the greatest economic turnaround in U.S. history. Two weeks after President Trump was inaugurated, I was in a small meeting in the Oval Office to establish the agenda for 2017 and 2018. He said that job one was to grow the economy, and he laid out a plan to focus on regulations, energy, taxes, and Dodd-Frank. President Trump's agenda is working. When I ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014, I talked about how $6 trillion was not at work in our economy. By rolling back regu… 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

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