Senator David Perdue: Top Priority Is Helping President Trump Get Results
“In my role as the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress, I try to add value on topics that I have experienced in the real world”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke with Roll Call’s Joe Williams and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Tamar Hallerman on C-SPAN’s Newsmakers about working to advance President Trump’s agenda and getting results for the American people.
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Washington Listening Now: “I have said this since I got elected, and certainly since President Trump was elected, that this is not a mandate. We have a probation period of a couple years to see what we can do to get results. So far, this year, 1.5 million jobs have been created in America—that is a watershed event—about 860 rules and regulations have been reversed, illegal crossings at the southern border are down 60%, consumer confidence is at a 16-year high, CEO confidence is at a 20-year high. This is all because they are beginning to see that people in Washington are listening.”
Tax Is Top Priority: “We have a tax bill that is being debated right now. My only priority right now is to get results for President Trump. I want to do whatever I can to make President Trump successful. I think every person in America, whether they are a Democrat or Republican, should hope he is successful because that is the future of our country.”
Working With White House: “When President Trump calls, I answer the call and try to give the advice I can. He does not want ‘yes’ people around him. It is the most amazing thing, when you sit in the White House in the Oval Office, he listens about 80% of the time. When the meeting is over, he concludes with a summary of what everybody has agreed to do. That is what we do in business, in the real world.”
Adding Value: “In my role as the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress, I try to add value on the topics that I have experienced in the real world, like the tax debate. I have lived with that and so we were able to bring value to that conversation. That is my role right now in the Senate.”
Reversing Trends: “After eight years of the slowest growth in U.S. history, it is incumbent on us to make sure that we do everything we can to get this economy going. Why? We want to put people back to work. If we do not get growth going, we are vulnerable. Right now, twice as many international companies outside of the United States acquire U.S. companies compared to U.S. companies buying foreign countries. That is a reversal of a few decades ago, and something we have got to reverse back.”
Impact Of Corporate Tax Cuts: “I have lived in the business world. I will try to explain how it happens. If you get tax money back, it is capital. It gets invested in equipment, training, software, all the things that make you more competitive. The demand for products and services goes up, that creates more demand for more workers. Therefore, the supply and demand of workers changes, and the price you have to pay to be competitive goes up to attract good workers.”
Investing In Our Economy: “The $1.5 trillion in the tax bill is not added to the debt. This is an investment so that we can get at the debt. We have over $100 trillion of future liabilities. In just the next 30 years, we’ll have to deal with Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, pension benefits for federal employees, and the interest on the debt.”
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.
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