04.01.19

Senator David Perdue On Congress’ Failure To Pass Disaster Relief

“Senate Democrats are using farmers in the Southeast and the people of Puerto Rico as pawns in their political game.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) comments on the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass a bipartisan disaster relief package for Georgia and other areas of the country impacted by recent natural disasters, including Puerto Rico.

“Washington has reached a new low,” said Senator Perdue. “It’s been nearly six months since Hurricane Michael ravaged Georgia and other states across the country, and Congress has failed to help the very people it claims to represent. President Trump reached across the aisle, along with other Republicans, to compromise on disaster relief, but only one Democrat was willing to work with us. Do not be fooled – Senate Democrats are using farmers in the Southeast and the people of Puerto Rico as pawns in their political game. It is hypocritical that Democrats say they want to help Puerto Rico recover, and yet they obstruct this disaster relief. Senator Isakson and I are not giving up. We will continue fighting until we get relief for the people of Georgia and other Americans across the country.”

In February, Senator Perdue, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and a group of senators introduced a bipartisan disaster relief package with funding for Georgia and other states that are recovering from recent hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters.

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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.