09.26.19

Senator David Perdue Calls Out Senate Democrats For Obstructing Funding Process

“A simple requirement of Congress is to fund the federal government. It is time for Congress to do its job.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, called out Senate Democrats for reneging on a good-faith agreement to fund the federal government on time before the end of the fiscal year on September 30.

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Highlights:

Democrats Violated the Deal: “This July, Democrats and Republicans had a good-faith agreement on a bipartisan budget deal. Everybody sang Kumbaya and agreed to a top-line number to fund the federal government. The appropriators had already been working all year, and we had agreements in committees. All the Senate had to do was come back in September and get the government funded. Here we are at the end of September, and that obviously didn't happen. Why? Our friends across the aisle violated our good faith agreement to have no poison pill amendments.”

Critical Defense Funding: “Last week, the Senate voted on a defense bill, and Democrats voted it down. Senate Democrats voted against a 3.1 percent pay increase for our military brethren. By voting no on the defense bill and going to a continuing resolution, they are encouraging the Department of Defense to spend billions of dollars on obsolete programs that the Pentagon does not want to continue funding.”

Hamstringing the Military: “I’m chagrined that we're facing another continuing resolution. We’ve educated people that CRs cost the military billions of dollars because of the damage it does to the supply chain. We're trying to get readiness, recapitalization, and rationalization back in our military, and a CR keeps us from doing those things right now. Here we are hamstringing our military once again.”

Fix the Funding Process: “We should not be in this position in the first place. It’s time to fix this budget process once and for all. We’ve got to hold Members of Congress accountable. I’ve been working on this for five years since I got to the United States Senate. A simple requirement of Congress is to get the federal government funded. It is time for Congress to do its job.”

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