Senator David Perdue: Military Needs Consistent Funding To Continue ISIS Fight

“Our military can do the job, but only if we fund them.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to underscore the need for consistent defense funding to continue the fight against ISIS and other threats around the world.

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Win For The World: “Last weekend, President Trump announced that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, had been taken off the battlefield. This is a win not just for our country but for the world in this fight against terrorism. Rather than celebrating, our friends across the aisle are trying to change the subject in many ways. One of which is the impeachment vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, with the hypocritical approach of denying due process to our President and having a vote that is a mockery of the process itself.”

Justice For ISIS Victims: “We must never forget how depraved Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his ideology really is. Since 2014, ISIS has beheaded two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff. They forced women into sex slavery, including 26-year-old Kayla Mueller, a humanitarian worker who went there to try to do good but was later killed. These are the people who under al-Baghdadi's leadership captured a Jordanian pilot, put him in a cage, poured gasoline on him, and burned him alive. These are the people that lined 21 Coptic Christians up on a beach and beheaded them on video. They crucified Christians and Muslims across the Middle East for years. Al-Baghdadi inspired all of these atrocities. His death begins to bring justice to these countless victims.”

Fight Is Not Over: “The fight is not over yet. We’ve taken out their leadership. We’ve denied them a territorial caliphate. We’re now moving to protect the oil so that these people will be denied resources and cannot reconstitute again. The ideology has not died, though. The current strategy in Syria has not changed. We’re there to defeat ISIS, protect Iraq, deter Iran, and support our friends in Israel. We need bipartisan support and consistent funding to achieve this mission.”

Fund Defense Right Away: “Yet as I stand here today, we are under a continuing resolution which handcuffs our military and adds hundreds of billions of dollars to the cost of funding our military over the next decade. In addition, we’re sitting here at the end of October, the first month of the fiscal year, and we have not even finalized the authorization for our defense funding. We have to get this done right away. Our men and women in uniform are the best that we have in America, and we owe it to them not to drop the ball in this eleventh hour and to show them we have their backs. They can do the job, but only if we fund them. We just saw them pull off a miraculous victory for freedom in the world. Now it’s our job to fund defense.”


When Senator Perdue was elected, he was the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress. He is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.