Op-eds

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


01.10.17

Time for a reality check in Congress

by Senators David Perdue and Ron Johnson

Our federal government has exploded in constant dollars, from $2.4 trillion in the last year of Bill Clinton in 2000, to over $3.7 trillion in the last year of Barack Obama. To deal with the dysfunction in Washington, let's start by recognizing the driving factors of this exploding federal government. Bureaucrats and career politicians are to blame. Bureaucrats want more power and control, and they obtain it by growing their department or agency and budget. For too many career politicians, the… Continue Reading


12.27.16

Reflections on ‘16, resolutions for ‘17

by Senator David Perdue

In 2016, the American people voted to change the direction of our country. They elected a new president and vice president. They returned Republican majorities to Congress with a two-year probation period to show we can deliver results. This election cycle and its outcome were a loud message to the Washington establishment. In 2017, it's my resolution to continue working to ensure that message translates into real results. That means keeping our promises and making tough decisions. F… Continue Reading


12.24.16

New president, Congress, have ‘an enormous moment of opportunity’ to change Washington

by Senator David Perdue

In 2016, the American people voted to change the direction of our country. They elected a new president and vice president. They returned Republican majorities to Congress, with a two-year probation period to show we can deliver results. This election cycle and its outcome were a loud message to the Washington establishment. In 2017, it's my resolution to continue working to ensure that message translates into real results. That means keeping our promises and making tough decisions. … Continue Reading


12.24.16

David Perdue: Reflections on 2016, resolutions for 2017

by Senator David Perdue

In 2016, the American people voted to change the direction of our country. They elected a new president and vice president. They returned Republican majorities to Congress with a two-year probation period to show we can deliver results. This election cycle and its outcome were a loud message to the Washington establishment. In 2017, it's my resolution to continue working to ensure that message translates into real results. That means keeping our promises and making tough decisions. For the la… Continue Reading


12.21.16

Senator Perdue: Reflections on 2016; resolutions for 2017

by Senator David Perdue

In 2016, the American people voted to change the direction of our country. They elected a new president and vice president. They returned Republican majorities to Congress with a two-year probation period to show we can deliver results. This election cycle and its outcome were a loud message to the Washington establishment. In 2017, it's my resolution to continue working to ensure that message translates into real results. That means keeping our promises and making tough decisions. For the la… Continue Reading


12.20.16

Perdue: Reflections on 2016, resolutions for 2017

by Senator David Perdue

In 2016, the American people voted to change the direction of our country. They elected a new president and vice president. They returned Republican majorities to Congress with a two-year probation period to show we can deliver results. This election cycle and its outcome were a loud message to the Washington establishment. In 2017, it's my resolution to continue working to ensure that message translates into real results. That means keeping our promises and making tough decisions. Pres… Continue Reading


10.26.16

TERM LIMITS: Washington Should Be More Concerned About The Next Generation Than The Next Election

by Senator David Perdue

It's no secret that Americans are fed up with Washington's lack of results. Less than 20 percent of respondents in a recent Gallup survey said they trust the federal government to do its job. You know what, they're right. Somebody has to be responsible for the mess in Washington. For too long, career politicians have focused more on advancing their own careers than helping the people they were elected to serve. The Washington bubble and an unending cycle of gridlock stand in the way of real re… Continue Reading


10.25.16

Washington can learn from states’ fiscal management

by Senator David Perdue and Senator Chuck Grassley

Whether running a business or simply managing your household expenses, you've likely faced some challenging financial decisions. Managing money is a routine responsibility for most Americans, and often it comes down to a simple equation: don't spend more than you can afford. This concept of living within your means is not new to Iowans, whose average household credit card debt is the lowest in the nation. We set budgets and we stick to them. Sometimes, especially in an uncertain economy, this m… Continue Reading


10.06.16

‘I say we are doing our job’: Opposing view

by Senator David Perdue

Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution is clear. A president may nominate judges to the Supreme Court, but the power to grant or withhold consent rests exclusively with the U.S. Senate. Nowhere does it say that the Senate must hold hearings or votes on these nominees. Senators of both parties have acknowledged and supported this position for years. In 2005, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., declared, "Nowhere in that document (the Constitution) does it say the Senate has a duty to … Continue Reading


10.03.16

Sen. David Perdue: President Obama and Hillary Clinton Made the Syrian Crisis Worse

by Senator David Perdue

A recent image of a young boy in an ambulance, covered in ash and blood, brought much-needed attention to the conflict in Syria and its tragic humanitarian toll. The refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe is worsening and the innocent people trapped in the midst of conflict need our help now. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees estimatesthat there are more than 60 million forcibly displaced persons around the world today-the highest number ever. Wars, religious persecution and terrori… Continue Reading


09.14.16

One year after Iran deal, Congress needs to act

by Senator David Perdue

One year ago this week, the Senate had its first, second, and third failed vote on the Iran deal. Well, sort of. What Senate Democrats won't tell you is that they prevented the Senate from even voting on the Obama administration's Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the floor. Instead, they blocked a procedural vote three times. Despite having massive implications on U.S. national security, nuclear proliferation policy, and U.S. sanctions on Iran-something I believe should have been handled… Continue Reading


07.14.16

Medium: One year later: A snapshot of Iran’s aggression

by Senator David Perdue

President Obama's deal was based on a naïve view of Iran and its intentions. Iran has made it clear it wants America to fall and they are determined to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Neither Obama's rhetoric nor the deal itself have changed that. The president's deal has also demonstrably failed to deter Iran's decades-long quest for nuclear weapons. Here's a snapshot of Iran's consistent bad behavior over the last year: (Photo Credit: AP) 365 days. President Obama signed the … Continue Reading


06.22.16

Why Obama’s economic legacy is one of missed potential

by Senator David Perdue

Bloomberg Government regularly publishes insights, opinion and best practices from our community of senior leaders and decision-makers. This column is written by Senator David Perdue (R-GA). Senator Perdue is speaking at "At the Table with Bloomberg Politics" on June 23. President Obama is on a victory tour touting his economic legacy. He recently told The New York Times that anyone who thinks America is not better off than it was seven years ago is, "not telling the truth." He also said, "we … Continue Reading

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