Senator David Perdue Slams Democrats For Blocking Disaster Relief Bill

“What we just witnessed here is nothing but pure partisan politics.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke on the Senate floor after Senate Democrats voted to block a disaster relief package for Georgia and other areas of the country recovering from recent natural disasters, including Puerto Rico.

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Pure Partisan Politics: “What we just witnessed here on the floor of the United States Senate is nothing but pure partisan politics. Senate Democrats have blocked our disaster relief bill because they said it doesn’t include enough money for Puerto Rico. To date, $40 billion in federal disaster relief aid has already been allocated for Puerto Rico. How much aid have the farmers of the Southeast received after Hurricane Michael six months ago? Not one dime.”

Democrats Are Hypocritical: “President Trump stepped up and did the right thing with regard to Puerto Rico. He agreed to support $600 million of additional nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico so their benefits wouldn’t run out. I give him high marks for doing that. Tonight, I can only think of one word for my colleagues across the aisle: hypocritical. They asked for this funding and then voted against it.”

Don’t Be Fooled: “The American people are not stupid. It’s clear this has nothing to do with Puerto Rico. It has everything to do with obstructing this President and preventing him from keeping his promise to help the American people recover from tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and floods that have ravaged our communities.”

Gambling With People’s Lives: “Democrats ought to be ashamed. They’re holding our farmers hostage right now for their own political gain. It’s unacceptable. They’re gambling with people’s lives, and I don’t overstate that. Some people won’t recover from this. They’ll get out of farming.”

Look Farmers In The Eye: “I challenge each of the senators who voted against this disaster relief bill tonight to come down to Georgia, go to Florida, go to South Carolina, and look at the farmers, look them in the eye and tell them that tonight they chose politics over helping Americans in need.”

Not Giving Up: “We’re not giving up. This is not the end of this tale. I want the farmers and the local bankers to understand we are going to continue this fight. To the people who this has affected – don’t lose heart. We will get it done.”


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.