04.19.18

Senator David Perdue: No Way To Run A Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) joined Georgia radio shows and The Hugh Hewitt Show to discuss the United States’ relationship with various foreign countries, and Congress’ failure to meet its first budget deadline on April 15.

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Highlights:

Dependable Ally: “What we’re trying to do now is reengage with the rest of the world. I’ve been in conversations with President Trump about this, and having lived in Europe and Asia and worked all over the world, I’ve got a perspective on this. What we’re trying to do is tell our allies they can depend on us, but we’re not going to pay their way.”

Getting China’s Attention: “The President has done exactly the right things in terms of getting China’s attention and getting them to the table to talk about leveling the playing field.”

Prioritizing Ports: “We’re trying to compete with China. They built one of their largest ports in three years. In my home state, we have a port that’s the fastest growing port in the country. Georgia has been trying for 19 years to deepen that port five feet to accommodate the new Panamax ships – 19 years because of the EPA and bureaucratic regulations. This is one area where the government is totally out of control.”

Protecting America: “I think Kim Jong-un knows that President Trump is serious. We’re going to exhaust all diplomatic efforts to do this, but the threat is out there. I think it’s a credible threat. President Trump will do whatever we have to do to make sure we protect America.”

Fiscal Responsibility: “Georgia is one of the states that is financially responsible. Right now, we’re trying to bring some of that ethos to Washington by creating a budget process that works, getting after redundant agency spending, and getting after some of the outrageous waste we have today. We’ve also got to save Social Security and Medicare.”

Train Wreck Coming: “We’re sitting here now, halfway through the year, and Congress hasn’t done a budget for fiscal year 2019, which starts October 1, 2018. We’re headed right toward the same train wreck again where we’ll have a continuing resolution at the end of September, and then probably an omnibus in December. That’s no way to run a $4 trillion government.”

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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.