WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: Conservatives Back Senator Perdue’s Work To #DrainTheSwamp

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Conservative groups support Senator Perdue’s push to cut government waste and ensure only the highest performing federal employees are serving the American people. Under current law, it can take more than a year to fire an underperforming civil service employee. Senator Perdue’s MERIT Act offers an alternative dismissal protocol for all government agencies and gives managers the option to expedite the dismissal process of bad employees. 

Americans for Limited Government: “In order to drain the swamp, we have to be able to fire the swamp, and that’s exactly what Sen. David Perdue’s legislation does. We thank Senator Perdue for taking on this important piece of legislation.” – Rick Manning, President, Americans for Limited Government

Americans for Prosperity: “The federal government has been out of touch with the American people for far too long. The MERIT Act represents an important step in making sure our federal bureaucracy is properly serving the American people and doing so in a cost-effective manner on behalf of taxpayers. On behalf of 3.2 million activists across all 50 states, we applaud Senator Perdue’s leadership on this issue and look forward to educating the American people on the constructive reforms included in his bill.” – Akash Chougule, Senior Policy Fellow, Americans for Prosperity

Americans for Tax Reform: "Americans for Tax Reform strongly supports Senator Perdue’s MERIT Act because U.S. taxpayers should only pay for competent, law-abiding federal employees. The MERIT Act strengthens the federal workforce and ensures taxpayer money is spent wisely.” – Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste: “The MERIT Act would represent a critical step toward streamlining the federal bureaucracy. Holding federal employees to high standards is the best way to demonstrate respect for the citizens who pay their salaries.” – Tom Schatz, President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Less Government: “We should call this ‘The Drop Dead Weight Act’ – because that’s what it finally begins to allow the federal government to do. Also because I’m not sure any government employee will recognize the word ‘Merit.’ That being said, I wholeheartedly applaud Senator Perdue and Congressman Loudermilk for this bill.  May it quickly become law – and allow a very willing Donald Trump Administration to begin shedding the very many unnecessary staffing pounds. Drain the Swamp, indeed.” – Seton Motley, President, Less Government

National Taxpayers Union: "Through commonsense reforms, the MERIT Act would reduce the practice of civil service sinecures for underperforming employees. Past reports claiming that 99 percent of staffs at federal agencies are "fully successful" are at odds with regular news of employees who waste taxpayer funds or violate workplace conduct without consequence. Holding federal employees to similar standards as those in the private sector would help curb wasteful spending, increase productivity, and boost morale. The majority of civil servants, who perform their work diligently and well, shouldn't be burdened with extra work or their contributions devalued due to a lack of accountability. In addition, NTU is pleased that the MERIT Act upholds whistleblower protections. Whistleblowers have consistently been the first line of defense against wasteful, sometimes criminal, actions that have hurt both taxpayers and the people who utilize agency services." – Nan Swift, Director of Federal Affairs, National Taxpayers Union


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