Senator David Perdue Talks Trade & Dodd-Frank Relief On Fox Business

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network’s Mornings With Maria about ongoing trade negotiations with China, the Senate’s Dodd-Frank relief bill, and his push in Congress to avoid last-minute funding battles.

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Level Playing Field: “President Trump wants to create a level playing field with the rest of the world. He worked with NATO on military spending, and he’s working on NAFTA. We have a revised Free Trade Agreement with South Korea. This is a long pull with China. I’ve got some experience in China, and this is not going to happen overnight.”

Standing Up For America On Trade: “The United States is finally standing up for the rights of American workers and businesses. I give the Trump Administration kudos. We are working very hard, and I think we’re going to get good results.”

Exactly The Opposite: “Dodd-Frank did exactly the opposite of what these bureaucrats thought it would do.”

$2 Trillion: “Sixteen Democrats voted with us to pass the Dodd-Frank relief bill in the Senate. The House is going to vote on it tomorrow. This bill lowers the cost of compliance for small and regional banks that had nothing to do with the 2008-2009 debacle and will free up $2 trillion not at work in our economy.”

Debate Funding: “1996 was the last time the federal government was funded by Congress on time. Let’s go ahead and engage on the funding bills now, and stay here in August if we have to.”

Combating Obstruction: “We’re facing a confirmation debacle. Two hundred eighty-four presidential nominees are waiting to be confirmed today. This is historic obstructionism. The only way to combat that is to stay here, keep the Senate open, run through these nominations, and get the government funded.”

Getting Results: “We did the same thing last year. We volunteered to stay here if we needed to, and Leader McConnell decided to keep the Senate in session. Four days later the Democrats gave us 77 confirmations, which is more than we had done all year up to that point. We know where the soft spot is. We’re in control of the schedule, and we should use that.”


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.