07.22.19

Senator David Perdue On Bipartisan Agreement To Fund The Government

“With just 15 working days left, Congress cannot afford to waste any more time.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) is encouraged that the Trump administration and congressional leaders have reached a two-year agreement on spending levels and the debt ceiling, so Congress can begin funding the federal government:

“In a compromise, neither side gets 100 percent of what they want. The bottom line is, with just 15 working days until the end of the fiscal year on September 30, Congress cannot afford to waste any more time. It’s critical that we avoid another continuing resolution, because the impact on our military would be draconian. A CR would dramatically drive up costs and uncertainty at the Pentagon as we face evolving threats across the globe. Now that we have consensus on spending levels, Leader McConnell and Senators Shelby and Leahy can work to complete the funding process, just as they did last year. Ultimately, we still need to fix the way Washington funds the federal government. It is completely broken and clearly does not work.” 

Background:

  • On July 3, Senator Perdue led a group of 16 senators encouraging Trump administration officials to reach consensus with congressional leaders on a budget deal to fully fund the government. The senators warned that another continuing resolution (CR) would devastate the military, delay the implementation of President Trump’s National Defense Strategy (NDS), and increase costs.
  • As a member of the Senate Budget and Armed Services Committees, Senator Perdue has continuously called out the flaws in Congress’s funding process and warned of the damage CRs inflict on the military.
  • On May 22, Senator Perdue spoke on the Senate floor about the devastating impact that CRs have on military readiness.
  • Last month, Senator Perdue introduced a bill proposing bold changes to fix Congress’s broken funding process and end the use of continuing resolutions.

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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.