Senator David Perdue Pushes For Additional Changes To Final Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) is standing up against the politically-motivated trade amendments wrapped up in the annual defense bill.

 This week, over the objections of Senator Perdue, language was added to the defense bill that will undermine President Trump and the Commerce Department’s ruling to impose its harshest fines and most severe penalties ever against the Chinese-company, ZTE.

 Senator Perdue is taking action.

On Tuesday, Senator Perdue called out his Senate colleagues for trying to undercut President Trump on these ongoing trade negotiations with China. 

“I’m tired of senators trying to undercut President Trump at every turn, especially in the middle of a negotiating process…I believe it will undercut our ability to negotiate, and it jeopardizes our negotiators credibility,” said Senator Perdue.

On Wednesday, Senator Perdue fought to remove the ZTE language through unanimous consent. Specifically, Senator Perdue’s amendment would only prevent Congress from limiting the export control authority of the Commerce Department, while still prohibiting the entire U.S. government from purchasing ZTE products:

“The Commerce Department has leveled a harsh but justified penalty. However, the current NDAA manager’s package would trample on the separation of powers and undercut the Trump Administration’s authority to impose these penalties,” said Senator Perdue.

Today, Senator Perdue, the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress who has lived and worked all over the world, made the following statement about the status of the ZTE debate:   

“For years, America has often been treated unfairly when it comes to trade. My goal – which should be the goal of every Senator – is to make sure America is the best place in the world to do business and we remain competitive with the rest of the world. This cannot happen if we tie the hands of our commander-in-chief during critical trade negotiations. Many of my colleagues agree we can achieve a better result if we modify this short-sighted ZTE language in the final agreement between the House and Senate.” 


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.