09.20.16

Senator David Perdue Opposes Continuing Resolution

“Business as usual in Washington looks like gridlock and dysfunction to all of us on the outside.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today issued the following statement on the complete breakdown of the budget process:

“Business as usual in Washington looks a lot like gridlock and dysfunction to all of us on the outside. Once again, we are witnessing a complete breakdown of the budget and appropriations process. It has become nearly impossible for Congress to fund the federal government on time. In fact, the current budget process has only worked four times in the past 42 years. Congress has not been able to fund the federal government without a continuing resolution for 19 years in a row. Even last year, Congressional leaders negotiated another so-called ‘Grand Bargain,’ which I voted against, with the promise that both Republicans and Democrats would agree to complete the appropriations process this year. Yet, here we are again. Congress has not completed its most fundamental job on time and the only release valve is adding more debt and more spending.

“Enough is enough, it is time for the greatest governing body ever conceived – the United States Senate – to start acting like it. Congress cannot continue to legislate from crisis to crisis. We cannot allow the budget and appropriations process to come to a grinding halt every year. We cannot allow gridlock to prevent funding the federal government on time. We certainly cannot afford a temporary fix that does not produce real results for the American people.”