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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Daily Signal: Important Lessons One Senator Has Learned After First Year in Congress

by Senator David Perdue

Almost a year ago, I stood next to my wife Bonnie, put my hand on my Father's Bible, and swore to uphold the Constitution and represent the people of Georgia in the United States Senate. This is a role I never imagined, but one I take very seriously. To emphasize the magnitude of this responsibility, I held my first staff meeting at the National Archives-home of the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. We reflected deeply on the role of our feder… Continue Reading


U.S. News and World Report: What You Don't Know About Black Friday

by Senator David Perdue

This Friday, before the sun is up, millions of Americans will have swiped their debit and credit cards to capitalize on Black Friday "doorbuster" deals. These consumers know when and where to shop, but do they know what happens to their personal information each time they make a purchase? Most Americans will be shocked to learn that their holiday spending habits are being collected and analyzed by a government agency called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Every month, the CFPB collect… Continue Reading


Gainesville Times: Efforts to stop avian influenza are vital to state's poultry industry

by Senator David Perdue

It is fitting that the "Eat Mor Chikin" slogan was developed by Georgia's chicken sandwich giant. Poultry production pumps more than $28 billion dollars into our state's economy annually, making Georgia the top broiler-producing state in the country. In fact, if the Peach State were a country, it would rank seventh in broiler production only behind the United States, China, Brazil, India, Russia and Mexico. There is no denying the important role the poultry industry plays in our state's econom… Continue Reading


The Hill: National debt solutions noticeably absent from debates

by Senator David Perdue and Maya MacGuineas

As recently as 2007, our gross federal debt was 63 percent of the economy but has risen to over 100 percent this year and is projected to continue to exceed the size of our entire economy for some time if we don't act. By the end of President Obama's tenure in office, the United States will have added over $9 trillion to the national debt. It will require leadership to change course, and the current presidential campaign is an ideal forum to discuss this dangerous trend and to propose serious so… Continue Reading


CNBC: The first step to fix the US debt crisis

by Senator David Perdue

Imagine if you received a credit-card bill, through your own irresponsible spending habits, for over $1 million. Well that is exactly what's happening due to our current fiscal crisis in America. Through a lack of discipline and mismanagement, the federal government is essentially handing every household a million-dollar bill. What would be the best way to escape this self-inflicted situation? The answer does not involve a quick fix; it must be a long-term solution. The first step requires a ch… Continue Reading


Macon Telegraph: Why I’m voting against Obama’s nuclear Iran deal

by Senator David Perdue

In the coming days, the Senate will consider President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran. I will vote against this dangerous agreement. History provides a recent example of how a bad deal can lead to dangerous consequences. In 1994, then President Bill Clinton made similar lofty promises about his Agreed Framework with North Korea, saying, "This agreement will help to achieve a long-standing and vital American objective: an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula." Just … Continue Reading


Fox News: President Obama, we cannot trust Iran

by Senator David Perdue

Last week, President Obama sent Secretary Kerry to assure Americans that his Iran nuclear deal is a good one. Kerry went so far as to say, "The Iran agreement is based on proof, not trust. Mr. President, this deal is clearly based on trust, not proof. And we have no reason to trust Tehran. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I've read every line of this 159-page agreement multiple times. I have heard from dozens of officials and outside experts, including the Director of the… Continue Reading


Savannah Morning News: U.S. Senator David Perdue: Smarter steps to strengthen our national security

by U.S. Senator David Perdue

We live in an increasingly dangerous world. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I get daily updates on what I believe is an emerging global security crisis. We have witnessed the brutal rise of ISIS, which is still taking advantage of power vacuums in the Middle East and North Africa. The threat of a nuclear Iran is further disrupting the region, while the Iranian regime is funding terrorism and the Assad regime in Syria. Meanwhile, traditional powers are aggressively postu… Continue Reading


AJC: National Debt and the FairTax

by David Perdue

Moderated by Rick Badie Republicans and Democrats must rein in a growing national debt, writes Georgia's junior senator. It's an issue that's reached a "tipping point" in need of fixes, he says, proposing the FairTax as an option that he writes would allow the economy to create jobs and thrive. Two companion essays deal with federal fiscal spending in 2016 and tax provisions on timber, a vital economic sector for the state. Consider the FairTax now By David Perdue Georgians sent me to Washin… Continue Reading

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