08.28.17

Senator David Perdue Stresses Importance Of American Global Leadership

“We must continue America’s role as a global humanitarian leader.”

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue joined General Richard E. Hawley and Michael Goltzman at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition to discuss the importance of American investment and diplomacy around the world.

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(From left to right: Michael Goltzman, Senator Perdue, General Richard E. Hawley, Liz Schrayer)

“As we work to combat a myriad of threats around the world, we must continue America’s role as a global humanitarian leader,” said Senator Perdue. “After years of failed policies and weak leadership abroad, there is still much work to do to reengage with the rest of the world and encourage development. A great place to start is with improving the effectiveness of foreign assistance. I’m proud of the role that many of Georgia’s public and private companies play in supporting America’s philanthropic interests. The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition is doing a great job at keeping this issue on the forefront of peoples’ minds.”

“An effective national security strategy must include diplomacy and development, alongside defense,” said General Richard E. Hawley, U.S. Air Force (Ret). “As we face an ever-growing number of threats, our military needs the support of our nation’s civilian forces, and our diplomats need the support of a strong military— to negotiate peace, forge alliances, and secure the peace that military success makes possible.”

“More than 80 percent of what we sell globally comes from outside the United States – so if Coca-Cola is going to continue to grow, then we have got to grow in international markets,” said Michael Goltzman, Vice President of Global Public Policy and International Government Relations for The Coca-Cola Company. “But we can’t build a regulatory system, we cannot create the rule of rule, we can’t make sure there is a level playing field. Working with the U.S. government is the only way to … create the foundation and the infrastructure that allows us to be successful and invest in those markets.”

“From Afghanistan to North Korea to the next pandemic, the leaders here in Atlanta clearly understand that the stakes are too high for America to pull back from the world,” said USGLC President and CEO Liz Schrayer. “Senator Perdue has been a vital force protecting American investments in development and diplomacy – helping ensure our nation’s interests and values around the world.”

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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.