05.15.17

Senator David Perdue Co-Hosts Squawk Box, Discusses President Trump’s Agenda

“There has been some progress. We've got some heavy lifting yet to come.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) and U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) today co-hosted CNBC’s Squawk Box with Becky Quick, Joe Kernen, and Andrew Sorkin, and led a conversion about the ongoing work on President Trump’s bold agenda.

CNBC Squawk

Making Progress: “It's about time that we break some eggs in Washington and change direction. The people in the real world know what needs to be done up here. It's the people in Washington who are having a tough time.”

Executing On The Agenda: “Washington is always running to the latest distraction. We have some long-term systemic problems, the debt, the military recap, but President Trump put forth four priorities this year: health care, tax issues, regulations are a big item this year, as well as the Supreme Court. There has been some progress. We've got some heavy lifting yet to come.”

Lowering Health Care Costs: “The thing that has not been addressed is the cost of health care. Premiums go up for two reasons. One they're managing risk, but they also reflect the rising cost of basic health care. Sooner or later we have to address the health care delivery system and the rising costs.”

Tackling The Debt Crisis: “We have two crises in our country today. One is the global security crisis, but we also have a debt crisis that limits our ability to fund all the priorities we need to as a country, including our military.”

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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.