Op-eds

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


05.28.16

Remembering those who gave their all

by Senator David Perdue

On Memorial Day, we pause to reflect, remember, and honor those who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom. While we recognize this day every year, every single day is an opportunity to remember and give thanks. Be it on the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima, or today in the fight against terrorism, our women and men in uniform have always shown they are the best of our nation. They are our heroes and we are all indebted to them. It is because of their sacrifice that America is still a l… Continue Reading


05.13.16

Washington Times: Repairing the budget process

by Senator David Perdue and Maya MacGuineas

Our country is swimming in a sea of red ink, with annual deficits projected to rise rapidly from $534 billion this year to more than $1.3 trillion by 2026 while our national debt is slated to increase by nearly $10 trillion over the next decade. The longer we wait to fix this problem, the more likely we are to have a debt crisis. In order to get our debt under control and put America back on a path toward fiscal responsibility, one of the first things we must do is change the budget process. Bo… Continue Reading


04.11.16

Independent Journal: 9 Holes Where Obama Made Bogey On Federal Debt

by Senator David Perdue

Last weekend, millions of Americans tuned into the Masters. Knowing his commitment to golf, I'm sure President Obama was one of them. But President Obama has not mastered the course when it comes to reining in federal spending and getting the national debt under control. If his record of rapidly growing the debt was scored like golf, he would not be a contender for the green jacket. Let's tee off: Hole 1: America's national debt surpassed $19 trillion this year. It was $10 trillion when Presi… Continue Reading


04.04.16

Washington Examiner: It’s the principle, not the individual

by Senator David Perdue

Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution is clear. The president may nominate judges to the Supreme Court, but the power to grant, or withhold, consent rests exclusively with the Senate. Nowhere does it say the Senate must hold hearings or votes. In fact, senators and appointees of both parties have said this for years, regardless of who was in charge. In 2005, Minority Leader Harry Reid said, "Nowhere in the Constitution does it say the Senate has a duty to give presidential appointees a vo… Continue Reading


03.23.16

Medium: The Diagnosis Is In On Obamacare

by Senator David Perdue

Health care is a deeply personal matter for individuals and families. While it happens to comprise one-sixth of our economy, Washington's takeover of the entire health care system by the federal government is not working, and will not work in the future, since Obamacare was never the right solution. Today marks the sixth-anniversary of Obamacare being signed into law, and it is not a happy anniversary. In the fall of 2013, my wife and I received a letter notifying us that our health insurance … Continue Reading


03.14.16

Daily Signal: Why Washington’s Political Class Is Losing Control

by Senator David Perdue

The Washington political establishment has hit the panic button. Not because they are afraid of any one individual or candidate, but because they are afraid of losing their own political power. This town is filled with well-intentioned people who believe they are doing the right thing, but far too many have lost their way after years in Washington. Politicians pay more attention to special interests groups and powerful lobbyists writing checks to their next campaign, than listening to the peopl… Continue Reading


03.06.16

Medium: Realities of the So-Called “Russia Reset”

by Senator David Perdue

Seven years ago today, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov a plastic, red "reset" button. A centerpiece of President Obama's foreign policy, the so-called reset was intended to symbolize a more open and constructive dialogue. Instead, where President Obama saw an open hand for cooperation naively overlooking the true nature of Russia's regime. Moscow saw weakness to be exploited. Since then, a continued lack of American decisiveness and leader… Continue Reading


02.26.16

Medium: Washington’s Power Politics Threatens Georgia Water

by Senator David Perdue

We all know Washington is dysfunctional. After my first year in the United State Senate, I can tell you it's worse than we realized. Power politics have allowed Washington insiders to push their personal priorities ahead of national interests, and they must be stopped. With $19 trillion in debt today, and more than $100 trillion in future unfunded liabilities, the United States is on track to hit $30 trillion in debt over the next decade. Yet surprisingly, the one thing I haven't heard anyone s… Continue Reading


02.09.16

Medium: The Current Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act is Dangerous for America

by Senator David Perdue

The Current Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act is Dangerous for America Supporters of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act refer to it as a "criminal justice reform bill." But, in light of the cuts it makes to minimum sentences and the thousands of violent felons it will make eligible for early release, it's more accurate to call it a "criminal leniency bill." Several of my colleagues?-?including Senator Tom Cotton, Senator Orrin Hatch, and Sen. Jeff Sessions?-?and I explain why this bi… Continue Reading


01.20.16

Real Clear Defense: Swift Action Needed To Recapitalize Vital Fleet

by Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson

Operating out of a single base in Georgia is a small fleet of 16 aircraft that plays a vital role in supporting our country's national security objectives. This fleet, the E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), has flown over 125,000 combat hours in support of U.S. joint forces deployed in five different geographical combatant command areas of responsibility. But, the future of JSTARS depends on the Pentagon's willingness to fully support the fleet's recapitalization. Origi… Continue Reading

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