09.26.19

Senator David Perdue On Congress’s Failure To Fund The Government On Time

“It’s time to quit the partisan games and put the national interest before political self-interests.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, comments on the Congress’s 187th continuing resolution (CR) and failure to fund the federal government on time by the end of the fiscal year on September 30:

“This is absolutely ridiculous. Congress just kicked the can down the road and resorted to a continuing resolution for the 187th time in 45 years. Senate Democrats put us in this position when they reneged on a bipartisan agreement to fund the government on time without partisan poison pill amendments. Instead of negotiating in good faith, they have chosen to force our women and men in uniform to operate under a CR, which is reckless considering the evolving threats we face across the globe. Senator Shelby and Senator Leahy have worked tirelessly to move the appropriations process forward in a bipartisan way. It’s time to quit the partisan games and put the national interest before political self-interests. Again, the Senate will continue to face the same dilemma every single year until we finally fix the broken funding process.”

Background On Senator Perdue’s Work To Responsibly Fund The Federal Government:

  • In May, Senator Perdue warned about the devastating impact that CRs have on military readiness.
  • In June, Senator Perdue introduced bold changes to fix Congress’s broken funding process and end the use of continuing resolutions.
  • In July, Senator Perdue led a group of 16 senators encouraging Trump administration officials to reach consensus on a budget deal to fully fund the government on time. 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 spending.
  • Senator Perdue explained why the bipartisan budget agreement is a reasonable compromise that will allow Congress to fund the federal government on time and prevent another CR.
  • In August, Senator Perdue encouraged his colleagues to support President Trump’s bipartisan budget agreement and voted in favor of the budget deal.
  • Senator Perdue has continuously called out the flaws in Congress’s funding process and warned of the damage CRs inflict on the military.

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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.