Senator David Perdue: Continuing Resolutions Destroy Efforts To Rebuild Our Military
Talks Government Funding, Trade, Debt Crisis On Fox Business
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) joined Fox Business “Mornings with Maria” to discuss the devastating impact that continuing resolutions (CR) have on the military, ongoing trade negotiations, and the $22 trillion debt crisis.
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Draconian Impact: “If we use a one-year continuing resolution, the military will be devastated. Congress has used a CR 186 times over the last 45 years since the Budget Act was put into place in 1974. CRs have a draconian impact and cause expenses in the military to go up dramatically. So, the small differences that we have right now on domestic and military spending are small in comparison to the increased costs this will cause the military over the next decade.”
No More Funding Gimmicks: “Right now, we cannot afford to hamstring the military. Last year was the first time in a decade that we actually got the government funding for the military without having to use a continuing resolution. Right now, we’re making progress on recap, rationalization, and readiness, and a CR would destroy those efforts to rebuild our military.”
Freight Train: “The ridiculous thing is we are talking about $1.3 trillion on the discretionary side of the budget when we spend almost $4.6 trillion total in the federal government. It’s time that we start dealing with the mandatory expenses: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, pension and benefits for federal employees, and interest on the debt…We don’t have to cut Social Security, but we can save Social Security. That trust fund goes to zero in 16 years, and Medicare’s trust fund goes to zero in seven years. Look, we can’t hide from this any longer. That crisis is rushing at us like a freight train right now.”
Time To Pass USMCA: “The USMCA is certainly a dramatic improvement over NAFTA. It’s up to Speaker Pelosi. The Speaker needs to put this on the floor, because the American people really want this deal.”
Dealing With China: “I lived and worked in China, and I can tell you this – if you work with any Chinese company, you’re working with the Chinese government. They are so vertically integrated. I don’t think any U.S. company can say that they’re not working with the Chinese government unless they’ve done the study and review to make sure they’re not.”
Level The Playing Field: “I have to give President Trump all the credit in the world. He’s the first president in the last five who has done anything to stand up and ask for a level playing field on trade. President Trump is asking China to stop stealing our technology, stop forcing the transfer of our technology, comply with the WTO, give us equal access, and stop the cyber war.”
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.
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