Senator David Perdue Rebukes Senate Democrats For Blocking Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Budget and Foreign Relations Committees, today rebuked Senate Democrats for preventing the Senate from considering H.R. 2685, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, one of the twelve critical appropriations bills Congress must pass to responsibly fund the federal government.

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“Briefly, I want to thank the Majority Leader for bringing the defense appropriations bill to the floor for a vote and remind everyone that the Senate Appropriations Committee has put forward 12 appropriations bills that adhere to the Republican Budget, and that reflect the priorities of the American people.

You’ve heard all year that we need to get back to regular order—and that means that we need to bring up and debate each of these twelve bills individually.

It is clear, after two votes, that Democratic obstructionism to the defense appropriations bill will prevent us from funding our servicemen and women.

So, my colleagues across the aisle are voting against supplying the military with the tools to stop ISIS.

They’re voting against the much-needed upgrades to our missile defense programs.

They’re voting against increasing missile defense support to Israel. And they are voting against restoring readiness to our military.

The demands on our military are great. The threats that we face today as a nation are numerous, complex, and may be, the most dangerous in my lifetime.

Those who volunteer to defend our great nation against these threats rely on us to meet these obligations as Senators.

Congress is responsible for ensuring that American servicemen and women have the tools they need to do their jobs and remain safe.

But today, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have done our nation a great disservice. By failing to bring up the defense appropriations bill, Democrats aren’t letting us do our job. That’s dangerous.

We need to return to regular order, vote on these appropriations bills so that the priorities of the American people can once and for all be restored.”