02.13.18

Senator David Perdue Discusses Immigration & Debt On CNN

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke with Alisyn Camerota on CNN’s New Day about the immigration debate in the U.S. Senate and our country’s debt crisis.

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cnn_perdue Highlights:

Put Politics Aside: “This is a historic opportunity to finally fix this broken immigration system. The tenants laid out in the President’s framework are all things both parties have supported at various times over the last 30 years. I hope we can put aside partisan politics and get to the real issues that two-thirds of Americans want us to solve in the manner the President has laid out.”

Common Ground: “I’m not sure this proposal won’t get bipartisan support. There’ll be several possibilities this week. We hope to get a vote on the President's framework.”

Good Policy: “Nobody wants to create a problem for these young people. That’s why President Trump has laid out this proposal. I don't think he's been given enough credit for how far he went. This is a proposal that extremes on both sides look at and say it goes too far in the other direction. That tells me we're pretty close to having a structure that’s a good compromise and should be done.”

No Innocent Parties: “Washington has a budget process that is absolutely broken. The silver lining of the funding bill we did last week is that it creates a select committee to fix this broken budget process. There are no innocent parties in Washington.”

Tackling The Debt: “There are things you can do to get at this debt crisis over the next 20 years. We have to first grow the economy. President Trump moved on that last year. Second, you have to cut out redundant agencies and wasteful spending. Third, you’ve got to fix the budget process. Fourth, you have to save, not cut, Social Security and Medicare whose trust funds go to zero over the next 16 years.”

Investing In Turnarounds: “There is investment spending that has to be done in any turnaround. I've been in big turnarounds in my life in the business community. You have to invest in the things that will provide an economic return. That's what's being done right now.”

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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.