Senator David Perdue: Fighting For Long-Term Plan That Responsibly Solves Our Debt Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate agreed to advance legislation that will keep the government funded and allow more time to debate and approve appropriation bills for the coming fiscal year:

“Today, I supported the Senate’s short-term measure to responsibly keep the federal government functioning so we can continue working to solve Washington’s spending crisis, despite political brinkmanship from Senate Democrats. In my first days in the Senate, I worked to achieve a balanced budget that set clear priorities and outlined conservative principles. The Senate then produced 12 appropriations bills to put those conservative principles into action. However, Senate Democrats have blocked debate of these budget bills every step of the way, preventing the funding process from even going forward.

“Washington is always reacting to deadlines or crises as if Congress has been kept in the dark. We have known all along the end of the fiscal year was coming and we have known that Planned Parenthood was using taxpayer dollars to brutally take the lives of unborn children. These two issues should have been dealt with individually months ago. I will continue to protect all life as I have in the past, but I am also focused on bringing sanity to the budget and appropriations process.

“This is certainly not the end of the appropriations process, but it should not have been the beginning either. This interim step of passing a continuing resolution gives Congress additional time to act responsibly. My role as a member of the Senate Budget Committee is to continue to fight for a long-term plan that responsibly solves our debt crisis. Individuals cannot spend more than they take in and neither can the federal government. Since President Obama took office, Washington has spent $21.5 trillion dollars funding the federal government, and borrowed $8 trillion of that money. We simply cannot continue to do that.”