Senator David Perdue To Colleagues: Pass The Budget Deal
“Ironically, a ‘no’ vote is actually a vote to increase spending dramatically.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to encourage his Senate colleagues to vote in favor of the budget deal negotiated by the Trump Administration and congressional leaders. The House passed the funding agreement last week, and the Senate plans to vote on it later today.
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10 Working Days: “When Congress comes back in September, there will be 10 working days until the end of the fiscal year. As I stand here today, we have not appropriated one dollar for next year’s budget to run the federal government of the United States of America. That’s an indictment on the funding process, an indictment on the members, and an indictment on the fact that we have no consequences when we fail to meet deadlines.”
Goals For Budget Deal: “President Trump had two goals for this budget deal. First, he wanted to continue to reduce discretionary spending as a percentage of GDP. This bill does that. The second objective the President had was to continue to rebuild the military after it had been gutted by the prior administration.”
‘Yes’ Vote: “A ‘yes’ vote continues to support the military and defend our country at a level that meets our near-peer competitors. It continues to lower discretionary spending as a percentage of our economy, and it sets the stage to begin hard conversations about how to save Social Security and Medicare. It gives us a chance to fund the majority of our government before the end of the fiscal year.”
‘No’ Vote: “A ‘no’ vote has two potential outcomes. It could lead to sequestration. That happened in the last decade, and we now see the draconian impact that it had on our military. We’ve had to come back and rebuild, and it costs so much more. The second outcome of a ‘no’ vote is actually more of the same. We’ll pass another continuing resolution and we’ll kick the can down the road for the 187th time. It sounds so easy, and yet, the military gets devastated. Ironically, a ‘no’ vote, because of the two alternatives, is actually a vote to increase spending dramatically over the next decade or so.”
Reasonable Compromise: “This bill is a compromise. People back home tell us to come here and work with the other side to get results. President Trump and Speaker Pelosi just did that. That’s what this is reflective of.”
Chance To Fund The Government On Time: “It’s imperative that we get this bill passed, allow our appropriators to get busy and start appropriating, so that we have a chance to get this government funded by the end of the fiscal year.”
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.
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