Op-eds

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


06.27.17

It’s Time to Pull the Plug on August Recess

by Senator David Perdue

The United States Senate has just 35 working days until the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that's assuming Mondays and Fridays are indeed used for deliberation. One thing is totally clear: There isn't time to deal with the issues that demand immediate attention. The only appropriate response is to cancel, or heavily truncate, the annual August recess that turns the United States Capitol into a ghost town. Last year, voters handed Republicans a Senate majority, a House majority, and t… Continue Reading


04.27.17

Sen. David Perdue: Donald Trump, 100 days and the art of the turnaround

by Senator David Perdue

Turnarounds are messy. Turnarounds take time. Turnarounds often break some eggs in the early stages, but a successful turnaround starts with a serious change in direction. President Trump immediately signified that change when he nominated Justice Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. Justice Gorsuch is a mainstream judge and the first Supreme Court nominee confirmed by the Senate within the first 100 days of a new administration since 1881. In doing so, Trump set the trajectory of … Continue Reading


04.03.17

Confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch

by Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue

One of the great honors of serving in the United States Senate is the opportunity to offer advice and consent on Supreme Court nominees who will faithfully interpret the U.S. Constitution and the laws set forth by Congress. The Senate is currently considering Judge Neil Gorsuch, a jurist whose record of service on the bench to date has lived up both to the highest standards for a federal judge and also to the high standards set by the man he has been nominated to replace, the late Justice Anton… Continue Reading


04.02.17

Scholarship program would help Georgia rise to meet cybersecurity threat

by Senator David Perdue

In the face of ever-evolving attacks from our adversaries, we must strengthen our cyber defense capabilities. I'm proud that Georgia - with the United States Army Cyber Center of Excellence and NSA Georgia Army Command moving to Fort Gordon in Augusta - is on the front lines of our country's cyber defense. My predecessor in the U.S. Senate, former Sen. Saxby Chambliss, worked tirelessly to make Georgia a leader in this area. Earlier this year, Gov. Nathan Deal announced plans to build the Geor… Continue Reading


03.24.17

Send The Prepaid Card Rule To The Shredder

by Sen. David Perdue and Rep. Roger Williams

Before the Obama Administration turned over the keys to President Donald Trump, agency regulators used and abused their rulemaking authority to dole out hundreds of new federal government rules. So it wasn't surprising when a rogue government agency, spawned from the 2,300-page Dodd-Frank Act, followed suit. Last October, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, issued its 1,689-page Prepaid Card Rule. It is a sweeping rule that would upend an entire sector of our economy, stifle in… Continue Reading


02.26.17

DAVID PERDUE: Confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch

by Senator David Perdue

President Donald J. Trump promised the American people he would nominate an unwavering supporter of the United States Constitution to the Supreme Court. He has now kept that promise. After recently meeting with him, it is abundantly clear that Judge Neil Gorsuch is an outstanding choice to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Throughout his career, Judge Gorsuch has been a stalwart defender of the Constitution. He has repeatedly shown his commitment to our country's founding principles of… Continue Reading


02.09.17

Changing the tax code

by Senator David Perdue

When it comes to changing our tax code, Washington should trust the free-enterprise system. The problem is too many politicians writing tax policy have never worked in the real world. Washington now should also avoid the mistakes of career politicians of the past. Too often they have piled bad ideas on top of good ideas and created "sweeping reform" packages that hurt the very people lawmakers intended to help. Four major ideas to rewrite our tax code are currently being discussed by the House… Continue Reading

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