WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke with Judy Woodruff on PBS NewsHour and Ari Shapiro on NPR’s All Things Considered about theSecure and Succeed Act, legislation he has co-sponsored that mirrors President Trump’s immigration framework which resolves DACA, strengthens border security, eliminates the visa lottery, and ends extended-family chain migration.
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Growing Support: “We’ve had 30 years of debate on the immigration issue. Democrats and Republicans at various points in time actually supported the principles laid out by President Trump in this bill. There has actually been late-coming support for this proposal. Senator Alexander and Senator Isakson have endorsed this bill.”
President’s Support: “President Trump has endorsed this proposal. We’re hopeful others will see the framework the President laid out—and what we have in this bill—actually meets the needs the Democrats have been asking for.”
Ending Incentives: “Three or four of the principles President Trump is talking about have general agreement. There is room on both sides of the issue of family-based immigration for us to get the solution we are all looking for, to end the environment that incentivizes people to bring their young children here which created the DACA situation. This would also allow us to close loopholes that let terrorists use our immigration system against us.”
Common Solution: “President Trump has been very clear for a long time about his position. He wants a solution to the problem that caused the DACA situation and he wants the DACA situation resolved. He’s gone further than any Republican ever thought that he would. We support that and believe there is enough commonality in the Senate that if everyone looks at these different principles, we’ll be able to get to a common solution.”
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Permanent Solutions: “President Trump stepped in and said let’s resolve the DACA problem by giving these young people a pathway and certainty. He also said we don’t want to be back here in four or five years doing the same thing with another generation of people who were brought in illegally.”
Providing Certainty: “This is a very good solution for the DACA population. It also provides certainty for the future of our borders and fixes the archaic, 50-year old immigration system that has not served us economically or socially.”
Balanced Deal: “I’m an outsider, a business guy, and I’ve done big deals before. Deals that get done have to be symmetric. This deal is symmetric. When you look at the DACA solution and then a way to end the things that created it, this becomes a very balanced proposition.”
Getting Past Politics: “At different points in the past, Democrats and Republicans have agreed to each facet of our bill that’s before the Senate today. If Congress can put partisan politics aside, I think we’ve got a proposition that could get done. I think at the end of the day it will.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) comments on President Trump’s plan to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure:
“When he was elected, President Trump said job one was growing the economy. In 2017, he focused on reducing regulations, unleashing our energy potential, and cutting taxes. In 2018, President Trump wants to move to immigration, trade, and infrastructure. He is now beginning to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure. We need a smart approach to prioritize and leverage significant economic development projects like they do in the real world. We need to streamline federal, state, and local cooperation and remove regulatory roadblocks so we can get the greatest return on investment for taxpayers. In Georgia, we saw this approach in action when the I-85 bridge collapsed and was repaired a month ahead of schedule. We need to replicate that efficiency on a larger scale so we can increase productivity and ultimately update our nation’s infrastructure network to support additional growth.”
“We won’t solve this debt crisis unless and until we fix our broken budget process”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) comments on the Senate passing a government funding agreement that also establishes a select committee to change its broken budget process:
“This funding agreement provides for our military to help recover from a decade of disinvestment but it also significantly adds to our national debt. We are past the tipping point in this debt crisis and it is costing us the ability to do the right thing. However, there is a silver lining in this plan. It finally establishes a select committee to address our broken budget process. Fixing the budget process alone will not solve our debt crisis, but we won’t solve this debt crisis unless and until we fix our broken budget process. This select committee is our opportunity to finally develop a process that works.”
Senator Perdue has been calling on Congress to change its budget process for years, and recently published an op-ed in The Hill about how this failed budget process will never work. Read the op-ed here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke with Ainsley Earhardt, Steve Doocy, and Pete Hegseth on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends about the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act and why it should be included in any solution to fix our country’s immigration problems.
Bipartisan Solution: “I applaud President Trump for reaching out. There is going to have to be a bipartisan solution to DACA. We all want a compassionate solution, but it must also include a fix to our archaic, 50-year old immigration system. That solution should include the RAISE Act. It eliminates chain migration and for once brings us merit based immigration.”
Historic Opportunity: “This is a national security issue. Parts of that border need a wall. There’s no question about it. President Trump said we are going to build a wall and we will build that wall. Let’s not miss this historic opportunity to fix this immigration system to better our economy.”
Securing America: “We’d love to have e-verify, the wall, security for the border, and the RAISE Act. These are things that conservatives in America really want. If you look at President Trump’s election last year, you can see that today.”
Broad Support: “The RAISE Act is extremely popular. Nearly three-fourths of Americans want some sort of reform of the immigration system to focus it on the worker and the immediate family.”
Top Priority For Americans: “This is an issue the American people want solved. Almost two-thirds of Americans believe this needs to be a merit-based immigration system just like the President has outlined. Tom Cotton and I have been working on this for months. It should be a bipartisan solution because the Democrats first had the idea in the 1990s.”
Breaking Through Gridlock: “Forget about partisan politics, the American people want to break through the gridlock and get this resolved. President Trump wants results.”
“Out of one of the darkest days in our country’s history came the spirit of American resolve and resilience.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) comments on the sixteenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks:
“Even sixteen years after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, the stories of heroism and faith will not be forgotten. Out of one of the darkest days in our country’s history came the spirit of American resolve and resilience. These ruthless attacks meant to cripple us as a nation and shake our foundation only united us and made us stronger. Today, the world is more dangerous than any time in my lifetime. The terrorist attacks of September 11th are stern reminders that we must remain vigilant here at home by taking every precaution to protect the safety of all Americans. Today, we honor the over 3,000 victims and their families, as well as the thousands of brave men and women who continue fighting every day to defend our nation.”
ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) joined Larry Kudlow on The Larry Kudlow Show to discuss how Congress is working to fix the broken budget process and the importance of investing in infrastructure priorities that will provide the greatest economic return.
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Responding To Florida: “This was a tragedy. We’ve got to find a way to close the gaps in the FBI. I’m confident Director Wray will get to the bottom of this and close the loopholes in their procedures.”
Solving Debt Crisis: “The debt is what pulled me into running for Senate. What we’ve done on tax and what we’re doing on infrastructure are investments to grow the economy. This is one part of solving the debt crisis.”
Leveraging Partnerships: “When Democrats won in 2009, they poured a trillion dollars into programs that provided absolutely no stimulus and no impact on the economy. It’s another manifestation of their big government solution that the government creates jobs. President Trump wants a public-private partnership plan that multiplies every federal dollar invested with several dollars in private investments.”
Greatest Return: “We have to make sure the top priorities are ones that present the greatest return on investment so they can reinvest some of those savings in the same ten-year period.”
Model Example: “There are roadblocks inside the Department of Transportation. Secretary Chao is committed to getting rid of those. A great example was right in my state. We had a burned highway system, right in the middle of downtown Atlanta. It would have normally taken 2-3 years to replace that part of the highway. However, they got it done in 4 months because Secretary Chao and President Trump waived all the restrictions imposed by the federal government.”
Silver Lining: “There is a silver lining in the funding bill that was passed two weeks ago. It called for the creation of a Joint Select Committee, made up of 16 Republicans and Democrats from both the Senate and the House. The purpose is to find a solution to the broken budget system and present it to Congress before the end of the year. I have been asking for this for three years.”
Creating Consequences: “The first objective of the Joint Select Committee is to get to a politically neutral platform and develop a set of consequences if Congress doesn’t get a budget or funding done on time. Sequestration was the wrong way to go. Democrats and Republicans have seen this process doesn’t favor either side but creates the atmosphere for a lack of control.”
Former GA Senator Saxby Chambliss has endorsed Karen Handel in the 6th District Congressional race. Chambliss chose to retire from US Senate in 2014. Many feel this was due to moderate votes and willingness to work with Democrats made him too vulnerable for re-election in 2014.
Senator David Perdue, who won Chambliss’ seat in 2014, has endorsed Dan Mooney for the 6th District Congressional race. During Perdue’s campaign he referred to himself as the true outsider in the race. Perdue early on supported Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Handel was one of Perdue’s opponents in the Senate race which Perdue ultimately went on to win. So, if Perdue is a conservative and Saxby was a moderate at best; you pick which candidate will go to D.C. and most emulate the Senator who endorsed them.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today met with General James Mattis, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Defense:
“General Mattis is a highly experienced and decorated military leader. He fully understands the principle of civilian control of the military, which is so important to our democracy. With his experience, I believe General Mattis is the right person given the challenges of our time. His decades of experience and strong leadership will be absolutely essential in helping America deal with its global security crisis. This crisis ranges from symmetric threats like Russia and China, and asymmetric threats like the global war on terrorism and ISIS. Today, we also face growing nuclear threats from rogue nations like Iran and North Korea, as well as hybrid warfare developments ranging from cybersecurity to the arms race in space.”
“Additionally, my home state of Georgia plays a strategic role in the defense of our country with nine military installations. I stand ready to work with General Mattis in making sure that we continue to fulfill our strategic requirements in Georgia and around the world. I strongly support his nomination, and I look forward to partnering with him as we deal with this global security crisis directly.”
Senator Perdue is scheduled to participate in General Mattis’ confirmation hearing on Thursday, January 12 at 9:30 AM. Watch LIVE via C-SPAN.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Judiciary Committees, today issued the following statement about his visit yesterday to the U.S. detention facility at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba:
“Yesterday, I visited the detention facility at Guantanamo, where I toured the barracks and courtroom and spoke with commanders. One thing was imminently clear to me: it is positively irresponsible to release or transfer the remaining detainees. This flies in the face of reason when the most recent intelligence report shows that the number of former detainees returning to the fight continues to rise. In fact, President Obama’s own Guantanamo Review Task Force has deemed the majority of the remaining detainees as too dangerous to transfer. We can’t allow a political promise to get in the way of our national security. I will do all I can to ensure that President Obama doesn’t empty Guantanamo Bay during his last few weeks in office.”
On his second day in office, January 22, 2009, President Obama issued an executive order directing the closure of the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Recognizing the risk of released detainees returning to terrorist activity, Congress put in place restrictions to prohibit President Obama from closing the facility and transferring detainees stateside. These restrictions remain today but in a last-ditch effort to fulfill his campaign promise, President Obama last week announced his desire to transfer additional detainees from Guantanamo Bay.
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July 6, 2016
“Who in good conscience can argue that this lawlessness should continue?”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement after he voted to defund sanctuary cities that refuse to enforce our immigration laws and to establish mandatory minimums for illegal reentry offenses:
“Our country prides itself on being a nation of laws and these laws must be enforced uniformly across the country. Unfortunately, this is not happening. Today, more than 300 cities are needlessly endangering the lives of their law-abiding residents by refusing to enforce our current immigration laws and carry out deportations issued by the federal government. This is not just childish political posturing, it is an abhorrent disregard for the law and has led to the death of innocent Americans.
“One year ago, a young woman named Kate Steinle was killed by an illegal alien felon San Francisco refused to detain. Federal law enforcement officials had issued a detainer for this individual, a convicted felon who had been deported five times. Citing its sanctuary city policy, San Francisco ignored the detainer. Who in good conscience can argue that this lawlessness should continue? It is a very sad day when Congress cannot come together to stop rogue cities from breaking our nation’s laws, protect the livelihood of all American citizens, and support our law enforcement officials.”
In addition Kate’s Law, Senator Perdue has cosponsored the following bills to stop sanctuary jurisdictions and further protect families:
- S. 291, the Keep Our Communities Safe Act to strengthen the requirements for the detention and removal of illegal aliens.
- S. 2146, the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act to withhold federal grants from cities refusing to enforce immigration laws.
- S. 1762, the Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act of 2015 to increase penalties applicable to aliens who unlawfully reenter the United States after being removed.
- S. 1640, the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act to withhold federal funding for any jurisdictions that refuse to comply with federal law.