04.03.19

Senator David Perdue: This Is The Ultimate Political Hypocrisy

Slams Senate Democrats For Blocking Bipartisan Disaster Relief Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) joined Fox News America’s Newsroom to discuss his work to pass disaster relief in Congress. Earlier this week, Senate Democrats blocked a bipartisan disaster relief package that would have helped Georgia and other areas of the country recovering from recent natural disasters, including Puerto Rico.

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Senator Perdue on America's Newsroom

Highlights:

President Trump Backed Disaster Relief: “Farmers in the Southeast have been devastated by Hurricane Michael. Our bill also had help for wildfire victims in California and flood victims in the upper Midwest, as well as nutritional assistance for the people in Puerto Rico. This was a compromise bill. President Trump supported it, negotiated, and was totally willing to sign the bill into law. That’s the reason we got it on the floor in the Senate for a vote.”

Pure Partisan Politics: “This is nothing but partisanship. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer don’t want to let President Trump have any victory on any issue. It’s same thing we saw on border security. For years, Democrats said there’s a crisis at the border. Even President Obama built 135 miles of barrier along the southern border and called it a crisis. Now that President Trump wants to address it, the Democrats say it's terrible. The same hypocrisy is applying on this disaster relief.”

Political Hypocrisy: “Senator Feinstein voted against $6 billion of aid for her state and for the victims of the wildfires. This is the ultimate political hypocrisy, and it’s the reason so many Americans are furious with the U.S. Senate right now.”

Put It In Perspective: “In 2013, the federal government appropriated $50 billion for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, mostly in New Jersey. In 2017, $136 billion was appropriated for three different hurricanes and wildfires. Our disaster relief package was just $13.5 billion, and $3 billion of that went to the farmers in the Southeast. We had a compromise disaster relief bill, and it should have been passed.”

Not Giving Up On Disaster Relief: “We are still negotiating and working on it. We’ll find some way to get disaster relief to the Senate floor. We have to make sure it can pass the House as well.”

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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.