WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke with Steve Doocy on Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends about his efforts to help expedite funding the federal government and confirming President Trump’s nominees.
Historic Obstruction: “First, all of these nominations are backed up because of obstructionism from the Democrats. Second, we have to finish the 12 funding bills we have to do by the end of the fiscal year. We have 12 working weeks, which usually only amounts to 42 working days, to get there. We’re offering leadership the opportunity to stay here nights, weekends, and through August break to get that work done.”
44 Years: “Over the last 44 years, Congress has only passed 2.5 appropriations bill per year. That’s the average. We’re supposed to pass 12. What we want to do is start working on these bills now to avoid the last-minute disaster we’ve seen over the last few years. The way to do that is to start talking, put amendments on the floor, and get these funding bills done now.”
Offering Solutions: “Last year, we did the same thing. Several Republican Senators gave a letter to Leader McConnell, and he agreed with us that we needed to stay in August. Four days into that period, we got Democrats to agree to 77 confirmations. We think the same thing will happen this year. Even if it doesn’t, it gives us more time to put these funding bills on the floor, actually have some debate, put amendments on the floor, and get away from last-minute funding votes.”
End Continuing Resolutions: “We just want Congress to work again. The way to make Congress work is to get funding bills done on-time and stop relying on continuing resolutions that really hamstring our military.”