04.03.19

Senator David Perdue Talks Disaster Relief & China Trade Negotiations On Bloomberg

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) joined Bloomberg TV to discuss the critical need to pass a disaster relief package and ongoing trade negotiations with China. 

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Senator Perdue on Bloomberg

Highlights:

Democrats Obstructing Disaster Relief: “This is the height of obstructionism. We could have given the Democrats everything they asked for in the disaster relief package, and they still would have found something to say no about. President Trump acquiesced and met them in the middle on Puerto Rico nutrition assistance. Funding for the nutrition program was expiring, and the President agreed to an extension of about $600 million. We thought we had a deal with the Democrats based on that.”

Farmers Need Relief: “Farmers are really desperate right now in Georgia and many parts of the country, not only because of the trade situation, but also because of the unresolved disaster relief we have been working on for the last few weeks.”

Times Is Of The Essence: “We are going to keep trying every day, but time is of the essence. Some farmers will lose their farms over this delay while we’re trying to get relief to them.”

Level The Playing Field: “I give the Trump Administration high marks for engaging with China on trade. Over the last 30 years, we have seen the rapid rise of China. We have seen China’s abuse of stealing our technology, forced transfer of technology, and rapid growth. What we’ve done is ask them for a negotiation to create a level playing field.”

Optimistic About Trade Negotiations: “I applaud President Trump for this cooling-off period with China. We encouraged the President to have an off-ramp when we started these negotiations, and he did that. I am really optimistic we are going to get a good result on trade.”

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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.