05.09.18

ICYMI: Press Coverage Of Senator David Perdue’s Effort To Make Congress Work Again

Offers Solutions To Speed Up Confirmations And Government Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) led an event with the White House and conservative leaders to address Congress’ current work pace on government funding and Senate Democrats’ historic obstruction to the nominee confirmation process. Here is some selected news coverage of the event:

fox news logo

“First, all of these nominations are backed up because of obstructionism from the Democrats. Second, we have to finish the 12 funding bills we have to do by the end of the fiscal year. We have 12 working weeks, which usually only amounts to 42 working days, to get there. We’re offering leadership the opportunity to stay here nights, weekends, and through August break to get that work done. We just want Congress to work again. The way to make Congress work is to get funding bills done on-time and stop relying on continuing resolutions that really hamstring our military.” (Fox News: Senator David Perdue calls on Congress to delay the August recess to ‘make Congress work again’)

roll call

“The White House hopes the Senate will get spending bills done and curtail the nominations backlog before the August recess, but it is backing a call to cut down the break if needed to overcome delays in confirming President Donald Trump’s nomination. Marc Short, the White House legislative affairs director, made that clear during an event on Capitol Hill Tuesday with conservative leaders, putting the onus on Democrats to move the process along… He was appearing at an event hosted by Sen David Perdue, a Georgia Republican who has been closely aligned with President Donald Trump, and also featuring former South Carolina GOP Sen. Jim DeMint.” (Roll Call: White House: No August Recess Until Appropriations, Nominations Done)

the hill

“Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), White House legislative affairs director Marc Short and conservative outside groups joined forces on Tuesday to urge the Senate GOP leader to ramp up the chamber's work schedule….Perdue said GOP senators would separately submit a letter to McConnell this week urging him to keep the Senate in session in order to fund the government by the end of the 2018 fiscal year…In addition to delays in funding the government, Republicans have bristled over the slow pace of confirming Trump's nominations. According to White House data, Trump has sent 774 nominations to the Senate, with 459 being confirmed so far.” (The Hill: Conservatives, White House pressure McConnell for longer Senate work hours)

herman cain

“I want to make sure you’re all aware that Congress is dragging its feet again, and Senator David Perdue is heading up an initiative calling for Congress to work until they get the job done in terms of appropriations and confirmations. Congress has gotten in the habit of not completing approval of the 12 appropriations bills before the end of the fiscal year, September 30, and they normally take August off. Senator Perdue is saying, ‘Enough is enough.’” (The Herman Cain Show: Make Congress Work Again)

crtb

“In a recent press conference on Capitol Hill, Senator David Perdue of Georgia, along with the help of the White House and some conservative activists, tackled the problem head on. Now, they’re asking Congress to make a simple, commonsense pledge – pass all twelve spending bills and fund the government on time this year or say goodbye to your month-long August recess.” (CRTV: Senator Perdue to Congress: Do Your Jobs or DON'T Go Home)

washington examiner

“Perdue, joined by Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, and conservative leaders, hit Senate Democrats for their ‘clear and abusive obstructionism’ in blocking nominees…Perdue added the Senate should pass a government funding package prior to the August recess to ensure President Trump is not put in the same spot he was in March when he begrudgingly signed the omnibus spending deal to avoid a partial government shutdown…Meanwhile, Short told reporters the White House is backing Perdue's push to cancel the August recess, particularly due to the nominations backlog.” (Washington Examiner: David Perdue renews push for Senate to work through August recess)

washington times

“[Senator Perdue] said he wants to prevent the last-minute rush to pass spending bills and other important legislative items. He pointed to the massive $1.3 trillion funding bill earlier this year as evidence of what happens when there’s a rush to pass something. Mr. Perdue said he believes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would be open to the idea of keeping the Senate in session into the recess since they have done it before… Mr. Perdue said he hopes a similar move will push Democrats to cooperate on some of Mr. Trump’s backlogged nominations waiting to be confirmed.” (Washington Times: Sen. David Perdue to ask Senate leaders to delay August recess to pass backlog confirmations)

free beacon 

“Sen. David Perdue (R., Ga.) and other likeminded Republicans are trying to stop the cycle of Congress waiting until the end of the year to pass a massive spending bill full of hidden waste and to end Democrats' obstruction of Trump nominees. They want to stop Democrats from using delaying tactics on political appointments that most of them wind up supporting anyway, as well as try to speed up the Senate's appropriations process so the bills do not snowball into a massive omnibus measure that the president is forced to sign at the end of the year lest the government shut down.” (Washington Free Beacon: Conservatives to McConnell: Time to Force Issue on Nominees, Spending Bills

newsmax

“The goal is to avoid the ‘last-minute disaster’ that has happened in the past few years, said Perdue, and the way to do that is to get those bills passed now. He said last year, senators did the same thing, and four days into the period ‘we got Democrats to agree to 77 confirmations. We think that will happen this year.’” (Newsmax: Sen. Perdue Calls on Lawmakers to Work Nights, Weekends)

breitbar

“Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) held a press conference Tuesday on Capitol Hill to announce an effort to get the Senate to craft, debate, and pass a spending bill and confirm President Donald Trump’s 271 outstanding nominations before the scheduled August recess — or stay in Washington until the work gets done… The ‘clear and abusive obstructionism’ has to stop, Perdue said.” (Breitbart: Conservatives Launch #MakeCongressWork Campaign: No More Omnibus or ‘Abusive Obstructionism’)

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Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.