06.13.19

Senator David Perdue: It’s Time To Face This Funding Crisis

Discusses Fix Funding First Act, Solutions To Change Congress’s Broken Funding Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, joined Greta Brawner on CSPAN’s Washington Journal to discuss the Fix Funding First Act, his solution to change Congress’s broken funding process. 

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Senator Perdue CSPAN

Highlights: 

Failed Funding Process: “Nobody does budgeting and appropriating the way the U.S. government does. Congress has only funded the government on time, by the end of the fiscal year, four times in 45 years since the 1974 Budget Act was put in place. They’ve used 186 continuing resolutions, which are devastating to our military and cause costs to go up all across the government. Congress has shut the government down – because it didn’t fund the government – 21 times over 45 years.”

It’s That Simple: “My plan is a first step, and it’s built around three precepts. One is that the budget should be a law. It’s not a law today. Another is that we have to have consequences for Congress just like states do if we don’t get it done on time. It’s that simple.”

Congress Needs Consequences: “The bill that I put forward changes the fiscal year to December 31 from September 30 so that Congress doesn’t start three months behind at the first of the year. It moves to biennial budgeting, like a lot of states do. The model for this is really most of the states’ process. They get the job done. State legislators work 40 or 45 days a year, and their primary responsibility is to fund the government. If they don’t get it done, they don’t go home. We have to build some consequences in the U.S. Congress. My bill proposes that.”

Move At A Business Pace: “Congress waits to try to get it all done at the end. Nobody in the real world does that. I’m a business guy, and you have to have due dates. If you are trying to get everything done, you better start doing it early.”

Bipartisan Solution: “We want to come up with a politically neutral platform that will allow us to fund the government on time, every time. We cannot allow funding bills to be a political vehicle that one party can use to drive their view of the fiscal reality of our country. We need a bipartisan solution every year without this drama.”

What’s Driving The National Debt: “We are adding about a trillion dollars a year to the debt mostly because of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Every year, the losses in those trust funds are going up dramatically, and that is what is driving this national debt. Until we get on the mandatory side and save Social Security and Medicare, this is an idle conversation politicians have in Washington.”

Face This Funding Crisis: “My view is that we should not go home on Fridays. We should be here on weekends. I think it will take that kind of intensity to force both sides to face up to this funding crisis.”

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