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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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