10.31.19

Senator David Perdue: Still No Path Forward On Defense Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, comments on the first package of funding bills for Fiscal Year 2020:

“Today’s funding package only addresses 15 percent of the federal government’s discretionary budget. While it is a step in the right direction, there is still no clear path forward to fund our country’s defense priorities. Congress is heading toward another colossal failure when the current short-term continuing resolution (CR) runs out on November 21. We wouldn’t be in this position if Democrats had not violated our July bipartisan agreement to fund the government on time without poison pill amendments. Their continued refusal to negotiate in good faith could force Congress to swallow it’s 188th CR, which would be absolutely draconian for our military. Career politicians will pat themselves on the back today for getting a small part of the job done. Until we finally fix Congress’s broken funding process and hold members accountable for completing the job, there’s no room for celebration.”

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

  • Senator Perdue has continuously called out the flaws in Congress’ broken funding process and warned of the damage CRs inflict on the military.
  • 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.
  • In August, Senator Perdue encouraged his colleagues to support President Trump’s bipartisan budget agreement and voted in favor of the budget deal.

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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.