08.09.17

Senator David Perdue Discusses RAISE Act On Various Radio Shows

“It’s pro-worker, pro-growth, and it’s been proven to work.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator David Perdue (R-GA) recently discussed the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, which would create a skills-based immigration system to make America more competitive, raise wages for American workers, and better meet the needs of our economy, on various radio shows.

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Attract the Best and Brightest: “For America to continue to be the economic leader, we’ve got to continue to be the innovator and we’ve got to continue to attract the best and brightest from around the world. We’ve also got to close this income gap between the skilled workers and the unskilled workers in America. This bill does all of that.” (Breitbart News Daily)

Non-Partisan Issue: “The liberal left better look at their history because, honestly, they looked at this in the mid-90s under Bill Clinton and they said, ‘Look, we need to be more like Canada in relation to bringing in skilled workers with a merit-based system.’ This is something that really shouldn’t be that partisan, frankly.” (Breitbart News Daily)

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Fix the Broken System: “What our current system does is bring a worker in, and then they can bring their immediate family in and their extended family, like cousins and grandparents. … Immigration in the United States should not be based on that. It should be based on a merit system that’s been proven over decades in Canada and Australia to work.” (The Mike Gallagher Show)

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Proven Solution: “What we’ve come up with is pro-worker, pro-growth, and it’s been proven to work. It’s not an experiment.” (Morning Edition, WABE 90.1)

Only Addresses Green Cards: “This bill is limited to only permanent legal residents. It’s only the green card side. We’re not addressing the temporary work visas that affect the agriculture, construction, and hospitality industries.” (Morning Edition, WABE 90.1)

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Thoughtful, Measured Approach: “The people in Congress and the people in Washington tend to go for these comprehensive, sweeping solutions for the entire thing. That's never worked. It won't work this time. So all we've done is carved out the green card piece of immigration and modeled this after something that Canada and Australia have already proven worked over the last few decades, and it's a merit-based system.” (The Laura Ingraham Show)

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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.