Senator David Perdue Introduces Fiscally Responsible Highway Bill Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today spoke on the Senate floor about introducing a fiscally responsible amendment to the highway bill that would simply match the authorization period with the available funding. 

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“Georgians sent me to Washington to help solve our fiscal crisis, not make it worse. 

As a member of the Senate Budget Committee, I am working every day to find smarter ways to prioritize our spending.  

That way we can support critical functions of the federal government like funding our national highway system.

Make no mistake: I support funding infrastructure, but we must do it responsibly.

Transportation is a top priority as it supports a robust economy and it is one of the responsibilities the federal government is charged with in executing under the Constitution. 

As we continue to debate the highway bill in the Senate, I am committed to finding the right funding, and enough funding, for our critical infrastructure needs.  

As proposed, the highway bill authorizes spending for the next six years, yet only funds these programs for the next three years.                                    

Passing responsibility over to the next Congress to find additional funding mechanisms for the remaining three years is unacceptable. It’s what got us in this debt crisis in the first place.

Some of my colleagues have suggested that this is simply the way the Senate has acted in the past. Yeah, I got that, and again that’s what got us here.

That may be true, but it doesn’t make it right. I wasn’t sent to Washington to accept the status quo.

A serious long-term solution needs to be fully funded, not filled with half-empty promises that can’t be kept or could add to our national debt. 

I am working to find a responsible way forward, in order to provide Georgia and other states, with more certainty through a longer-term solution, instead of settling for just another short-term fix.

Today, I am introducing an amendment to simply match the authorization period with the available funding. Sounds basic, sounds simple. It’s what I have to do in my home budget. It’s what most Americans have to do. If they don’t have the money, they don’t spend it.

This amendment ensures that Congress is not authorizing spending programs beyond a point where there is no money to pay for them in the future. 

I urge my colleagues to join me in breaking Washington of its chronic overspending problem.

And I urge my colleagues to support a fiscally responsible highway bill that matches the length of authorization with the funding mechanisms. 

That way we can continue to fund our critical infrastructure projects without compromising our conservative budget principles.”