Senator Perdue & Conservative Leaders: Let’s Make Congress Work For The American People
“We believe we have to get outside of the box to get the government funded before September 30th.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) leads an effort with White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin, and Conservative Partnership Institute Chairman and former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint to expedite Congress’ current work pace on government funding and the confirmation process.
Last year, Senator Perdue led his colleagues in an effort to delay the Senate’s scheduled August state work period so Congress could continue working on behalf of the American people. More of President Trump’s nominees were confirmed during those two weeks than had been confirmed all year.
Senator David Perdue: “This is a commitment. We are willing to do whatever is necessary to get these confirmations done and debate funding bills now. We have 12 weeks left. We have 12 funding bills. Over the last 44 years, Congress has only passed 2.5 funding bills a year on average. We have an uphill battle, and we believe we have to get outside of the box to get the government funded before September 30th.”
Marc Short: “Our hope is that the Senate will actually get its work done before the August recess. We support Senator Perdue’s efforts and others in the conservative movement drawing attention to this so that we’re not faced with that position. If we reach August and we still have not completed appropriations work and have not confirmed our nominees, then of course, we’d like to see Congress stay here and continue to do its work. It’s not work for the Administration, it’s work for the American people.”
Jenny Beth Martin: “Congress is not working, and the confirmations and appropriation processes are the most obvious examples. Because of obstructionism by Senate Democrats, President Trump has had fewer nominees confirmed at this point in his administration than his four predecessor presidents.”
Former Senator Jim DeMint: “We have to break this cycle. I’ve never seen Americans more frustrated than they are now. We all know that if Congress goes home for the August break without passing the funding bills that the same thing is going to happen that just happened, and after the President signed the Omnibus bill just a couple months ago, he said ‘I will never sign a bill like this again.’”