Op-eds

09.23.20

Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, strong investment for Georgia’s global impact

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

To compete in the global economy, America has to have world-class infrastructure. As a former Fortune 500 CEO with over 40 years of experience in the business world, I know that a strong return on investment is the key to success.?In order to effectively apply this business approach to our infrastructure developments, we must continue reducing regulatory roadblocks and leveraging private sector partnerships. This month, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $22 million grant to wid… Continue Reading


09.22.20

Opportunity Zones are lifting Georgians out of poverty

by U.S. Senator David Perdue & Secretary Ben Carson

From day one of his Administration, President Trump, Congressional Republicans, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have been working hard to bring economic prosperity to America's forgotten neighborhoods. No program has generated more success towards these efforts than the President's Opportunity Zone initiative. Opportunity Zones are a powerful vehicle for bringing economic growth and job creation to the American communities that need them most. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act … Continue Reading


09.06.20

Georgia is a leader in national defense – we have to keep it that way

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

Growing up in Warner Robins, I saw firsthand the incredible role that Georgia plays in America's national defense. I remember seeing B-52s and KC-135s taking off from Robins Air Force Base to protect our country during the Cuban Missile Crisis. To this day, Georgia is the backbone of our military's readiness. Georgia bases are at the forefront of our military's boldest innovations and have proactively adapted their missions to fit our future defense needs. For example, Fort Gordon is now the s… Continue Reading


08.23.20

Perdue fighting for Georgia’s military community

by Arnold Punaro

The State of Georgia is home to nine military installations and hundreds of thousands of active duty military personnel, veterans, civilian employees, retirees, contractors and their families. Making sure their concerns are addressed is one of the most important priorities for our United States Senators. These are the individuals who are essential to a strong national defense. To that end, we are fortunate to have such a tireless advocate for the men and women of our armed forces and those who… Continue Reading


08.19.20

Helping Georgians get through this crisis

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

The COVID-19 crisis has tested the strength of our great state, but it has also revealed the depths of our kindness as a people. Since this crisis began, I have personally connected with thousands of Georgians in all 159 counties by hosting constituent conference calls. From Hahira to Hiawassee, from Columbus to Augusta, Georgians voiced their concerns and shared constructive feedback. They have asked me hundreds of questions. They have also shared stories of communities lifting each other up. … Continue Reading


08.09.20

Empowering schools to keep students safe

by Bonnie Perdue

In normal years, parents would be worrying right now about buying school supplies, and kids would be dreading the end of their summer vacations. Yet this isn't a normal year; due to COVID-19, parents and students are worried about whether it's safe to go back into classrooms at all. This leaves parents, teachers, and local school districts with really difficult decisions as Georgia's 1.7 million students prepare for the school year. On one hand, in-person education is a crucial component not j… Continue Reading


07.29.20

To keep up with our competitors, America must boost shipbuilding

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

Right now, the world is more dangerous than any time in my lifetime. The United States faces five major threats: China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and terrorism. We face those threats across five domains: air, land, sea, cyberspace and space. The U.S. Navy is one of the most effective tools we as a country have to maintain peace and stability around the world. Today, however, the Navy is in danger of being surpassed in capability by our near-peer competitors. On top of that, our competitors are … Continue Reading


07.24.20

Young men of color are being left behind. We have to do something now.

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

Across the country, young men of color are slipping through the cracks. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 54% of Black fourth grade boys in our country cannot read at a basic level. This means they are four times more likely to drop out of school than students who read proficiently. If they do drop out, they are much more likely to be unemployed or end up in the penal system. That is totally unacceptable and must be fixed. Neither Lyndon Johnson's Great Society nor … Continue Reading


05.27.20

COVID-19 shows necessity of broadband access in rural America

by U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Joni Ernst (R-IA)

As folks in our home states of North Dakota, Iowa, Georgia, and across the country are adjusting to life during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's become clear that access to the internet is paramount. As you might imagine, the uptick in internet activity is noticeable. According to the Rural Broadband Association, since the COVID-19 national emergency was declared on March 13, its broadband providers have experienced increases in usage, as people are downloading and uploading data at significantly hi… Continue Reading


05.27.20

To rebuild economy, strengthen community banking

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

Banks, especially local community banks, have been true heroes in the COVID-19 crisis. As small businesses faced insolvency, community banks processed millions of Paycheck Protection Program loans that are saving millions of American jobs. As we start gradually reopening our economy, updating a key regulatory framework for community banking, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), would help steer banking services and capital to underserved communities that have been devastated by this crisis. O… Continue Reading


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

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