WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) made the following statement after Senate Democrats agreed to end the Schumer Shutdown and reopen the federal government:
“It is ridiculous that we were ever in the Schumer Shutdown in the first place. I’m glad to see that Senate Democrats came to their senses and stopped this nonsense. It is frustrating that this is the same proposal that was offered to them days ago before they decided to shut down the government over immigration. Senate Democrats took their political stunt a step too far since a majority of Americans support funding the federal government over continuing the DACA program. Clearly, Congress’ budget process is a complete failure. It has only worked four times in the past 43 years, and given the current political dynamics it will never work. Tying important policy decisions to the funding process is the reason we end up in these damaging situations. It’s time Congress gets serious about reworking the way we fund the federal government. That way we can start tackling other big ticket items such as fixing our immigration system and beginning to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure.”
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.
Senator David Perdue: President Trump Driving Consensus To Fix Our Legal Immigration System
“My personal focus continues to be on how we eliminate chain migration, which is a fundamental flaw in our current immigration policy”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) made the following comments after the White House meeting on immigration today:
“President Trump, being an outsider and business guy, is driving consensus between Republicans and Democrats to fix our legal immigration system. Today’s White House meeting was to define the scope of this negotiation to include four items: solving the DACA situation, addressing border security, ending chain migration, and eliminating the outdated visa lottery. President Trump is trying to instill a sense of urgency to get something done on immigration, but this topic should not be part of funding the federal government. My personal focus continues to be on how we eliminate chain migration, which is a fundamental flaw in our current immigration policy. If any conversation about DACA is being held without that consideration, it is not going to go anywhere in the United States Senate. The first thing a DACA recipient will do if given permanent status is use chain migration laws to sponsor those who violated the law originally. Ending chain migration and eliminating the outdated visa lottery program is in our national security and economic interest. President Trump has done a great job making sure this remains a top priority in any immigration discussion.”
Senator David Perdue: This Is The Capstone On A Very Successful Year
“I believe a lot of people woke up this morning and realized America is back in business again”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) joined Bloomberg TV’s What’d You Miss to discuss the historic changes to the tax code that have been sent to President Trump’s desk to provide relief to middle-class families and make America more competitive again.
A Year Of Accomplishments: “This is the capstone on a very successful year of the Trump Administration. President Trump said job one was getting the economy going. He pulled back 860 rules and regulations, released our energy potential and now we have these historic tax cuts. This tax plan is going to bring relief to working men and women and make American businesses more competitive again around the world.”
Proof Is In The Results: “From before the plan was even finalized, you’ve had messaging from the other side with many points of misinformation. The real tell-tale sign here is when Americans get their paychecks in February and when they see jobs created. They’re going to see the impact of this bill. The person who is going to benefit the most from this is the person that gets a job. Americans will begin to see the reality and we’re going to continue to tell the truth about what we just did.”
Combating Misinformation: “The misinformation out there can be corrected with a few simple facts. A family of four making the median income of $73,000 will see a 60% tax cut. A working mother, making the median income of $41,000 will see a 75% tax cut in this bill. These will be proven as this plan goes into effect.”
Back In Business: “We are making American businesses competitive with the rest of the world. I believe a lot of people woke up this morning and realized America is back in business again. I give President Trump and his Administration all the credit for that.”
Growing Confidence: “You’re going to see many more examples of corporate confidence. Right now, CEO confidence is at a 20 year high. Not only that, consumer confidence is at 16 year high because Americans believe President Trump was listening to them in last year’s election and is delivering on his promises. I believe the American people responded very strongly to that.”
Fact vs. Fiction: Senator Perdue Lays Out The Facts About Tax On Fox News
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke with Shannon Bream on Fox News @ Night to clear up the misinformation about the U.S. Senate’s plan to fix the tax code, help middle-class families, and make America more competitive again.
Fiction: The GOP tax plan will add $1 trillion to the national debt.
Fact: “I am more optimistic that this plan is going to ignite our economy. President Trump said job one was getting our economy going again. We pulled back on regulations, unleashed our energy potential, and now we have an historic opportunity to change the tax code and make American companies and workers competitive again with the rest of the world.”
Fiction: This tax plan is only going to help the wealthy and hurt lower and middle-income Americans.
Fact: “Real Americans are going to benefit from this. A family of four, making the median income of $73,000 a year, will have their taxes cut almost 60%. A single mom with one child, making $41,000 a year, which is the median income for a single worker, will get a 75% tax cut. More importantly, between 3-6 million people are estimated to have their taxes go to zero. The greatest beneficiary of this plan is the person who will get a job because the economy is going to be ignited.”
Fiction: There has been no transparency to this process. The entire process was hidden from the American people and pushed through at the last minute.
Fact: “Over the last few years, there have been over 70 open hearings in the Senate about changing the tax code. This has been a fully transparent process. I hear the rhetoric from the other side. This is all coming from the side who a few years ago had then-Speaker Pelosi say ‘you’ve got to pass the bill to see what’s in it.’ This has been an open process the entire time. This is regular order. It went through committee, where we had amendments offered. We’ll have amendments added to it tonight. All of this has been done in the light of day.”
Fiction: The tax plan will generate very little economic growth.
Fact: “President Trump has really pushed us to make sure this plan will make American businesses grow. I believe we have accomplished that. Today, we have the highest corporate tax rate in the world, and the corporate tax rate is a huge penalty on the American worker. I know because I’ve lived in Asia and worked all over the world. We are now going to become more competitive with the rest of the world.”
Senator David Perdue Discusses President Trump’s Asia Trip On CNN
“President Trump has developed a consensus of support on North Korea and opening doors for a non-kinetic solution. We have to find a way to get through here.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke with Alisyn Camerota on CNN’s New Day about the recent tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and President Trump’s trip to Asia aimed at strengthening partnerships with these countries to denuclearize North Korea.
Answers From Air Force: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families in Texas, like they did in Nevada and earlier events. We want some answers. I agree with Senator McCain. We ought to find out what happened in the Air Force and why this information was not fed into the database. There are things we need to know and learn from.”
Non-Kinetic Solutions: “First of all this is a President engaging with the rest of the world after eight years of disengagement. He has developed a consensus of support on North Korea and opening doors for a non-kinetic solution. We have to find a way to get through here.”
Direct Talks With North Korea: “President Trump has intimated both publicly and privately that this would be in the cards. I’m convinced, though, that this is in the best interest of China and the United States to get together and find a common solution. I’m also excited that President Trump is intimating that he wants to talk to President Putin about this as well. Russia plays a major part in this.”
Senator David Perdue: We’re One Step Closer To Getting Tax Done This Year
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. Senate moved one step closer to fixing our tax code this year:
“Let’s be very clear. This budget is a sham and the entire budget process is a fraud being perpetrated on the American people. Only four times in the past 43 years has the budget process fully worked to fund the government on time. The only reason we’re even doing the budget like this is to get tax done this year.
“In the middle of the dog-and-pony show tonight there was a glimmer of hope. Senator Whitehouse and I teamed up to author a bipartisan amendment to acknowledge our frustration with the budget process and the need to fix it. The U.S. Senate agreed unanimously that the budget process is broken. Getting the entire U.S. Senate, both Republicans and Democrats, to acknowledge the futility of the current budget process and the political side shows that come with it, is a step in the right direction. We need to fix this.
“It is all related. In order for the federal government to have the ability to act on our national priorities, we must solve the debt crisis. To solve the debt crisis, we have to fix our budget process. Job one is getting the economy going, and the economy will move if we get this tax deal done. It’s as simple as that.”
The U.S. Senate unanimously agreed by a voice vote to Senator Perdue’s bipartisan amendment with Senator Whitehouse that acknowledges Congress’ broken budget process (Perdue 1167).
Senator David Perdue Discusses Historic Tax Cuts On CNBC
“The person who is going to benefit the most in this tax plan is the person that gets a job”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke with Joe Kernen, Becky Quick, and Andrew Sorkin on CNBC’s Squawk Box about the historic action the U.S. Senate has taken to fix the tax code, help middle-class families, and make America more competitive again.
Historic Opportunity: “It’s a historic day in Washington. People are expecting us to get tax done, and I think we will.”
Simplifying The Code: “This is a simplification. Only 30% of taxpayers today itemize, and that’s projected to go down to 10%. To say it another way, 90% of all taxpayers will use the standard deduction, which was doubled in this plan. This is by any definition simplification.”
Growing Optimism: “Getting our corporate rate to be competitive with the rest of the world is the best thing we can do for the American worker, and I think that’s what you’re seeing in some of these optimism numbers now.”
Relief For The Middle Class: “This is indeed a tax cut for the middle class. A family of four, who make the median income of $73,000, are going to get a 60% tax cut. A single mom, with one child, making $41,000 is going to get a 75% tax cut.”
Making America Competitive: “Our focus here is to get competitive again, and the person who is going to benefit the most in this tax plan, is the person that gets a job.”
Senator David Perdue Comments On President Trump’s National Security Strategy
“President Trump has laid out a clear path to protect our homeland and reengage around the world”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, comments on President Trump’s National Security Strategy:
“President Trump has laid out a clear path to protect our homeland and reengage around the world. This multi-pronged strategy will encourage diplomacy with our allies and challenge our global competitors in an ever-changing world. We have to recognize that the world is more dangerous than any time in my lifetime and Americans are facing more threats at home and abroad than ever before. Under the direction of President Trump, America is signaling a strong commitment to reengaging as a global and economic leader.”
Senator David Perdue On The Signing Of Major Defense Bill Into Law
“President Trump is strengthening our military by ensuring our troops have the resources they need”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, commented on President Trump’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law today, which includes 30 of Senator Perdue’s priorities:
“One of six reasons why 13 colonies came together in the first place was to provide for the national defense. President Trump has shown he is committed to carrying out this responsibility as our country’s commander in chief. By signing this defense bill into law today, President Trump is strengthening our military by approving a well-deserved pay raise for our troops and ensuring they have the resources they need. I am proud to have worked on the negotiating team that finalized this bill, which includes many priorities important to our national security and Georgia’s military community.”
Senator David Perdue Comments On Budget Committee Approval Of Tax Plan
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. Senate moved one step closer to fixing our tax code this year:
“Changing our tax code for the first time in more than 30 years will increase wages for American workers and make us more competitive with the rest of the world. These tax changes will also increase GDP growth, which is necessary to solve our current debt crisis. If the Senate does not act, the federal government is on track to add $11 trillion to the debt over the next 10 years. Approval from the Budget Committee today was one of the final steps needed to get this across the finish line. It is now critical for Republicans and Democrats to put aside any self-interests and operate with a sense of urgency to get these tax changes done now.”
Senator David Perdue: Historic Opportunity To Fix Tax Code
Providing relief for American workers, growing our economy, & making us more competitive
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) joined Senate Republicans, Senior Trump Administration officials, and grassroots leaders for an event to highlight the importance of changing our tax code this year to provide relief for American workers, grow the economy, and make U.S. businesses more competitive.
U.S. Senator David Perdue: “We have an opportunity to deliver results and fundamentally change this tax code for the first time since 1986. We know that Washington needs a sense of urgency. President Trump has called us to action. He is moving at a business pace, not a bureaucratic pace. He wants us to pass the House and Senate bill by Thanksgiving, and that he wants it on his desk by Christmas. This is totally possible in our opinion. The House has made a great effort to start this process. It’s a great starting point, providing relief for American workers, growing our economy, and making us more competitive with the rest of the world.”
Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Treasury: “Nothing is more important to the President’s economic agenda than tax reform and tax cuts. I have appreciated the opportunity to work with members of the Senate and the House since the beginning of the year on this. We couldn’t be more excited about where we are. This is about making America competitive again.”
Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Trump: “We’re also trying to help the job holders which represent the vast majority of American households. When my grandfather had a job, when your grandfather had a job, the job was enough to support the whole family. Now we have households that have two and three jobs. Some are not worried about losing a job or replacing a lost job, but they have no idea why the job is no longer enough. Why are they white-knuckled at the end of each month to pay their rent, their mortgage, the tuition, or the student loan voucher payment? We want to give them the much needed relief that they deserve.”
Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform: “We look at the tax code and we start taking out stupid. China is at a 25% tax on businesses, we’re at 35%. Stupid. Let’s not be there. We have a lot of American earnings stuck overseas because our tax code doesn’t let it come back to the country without punitive taxes. Stupid. Let’s end that, and allow people to bring money here to create jobs and opportunities in factories here in the United States.”
Senator David Perdue: Iran Is Third Largest Diversity Lottery Visa Recipient
“The RAISE Act would eliminate the Diversity Visa Lottery and move us to a merit-based immigration system”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke with Laura Ingraham on Fox News Channel’s The Ingraham Angle about how the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, would create a merit-based immigration system and eliminate the outdated Diversity Visa Lottery.
Merit-Based System: “President Trump called this out last year and I give him high marks. This year he is backing our RAISE Act that Tom Cotton and I put forward. He talked about it today. We want to go to a merit-based immigration system.”
Plagued With Fraud: “Let’s talk about this Diversity Visa Lottery. This is a big fraud. It is fraught with fraud itself. It has social security fraud. It has identity fraud.”
National Security Issue: “Worse than that, 30% of the visas given out under this system go to countries that have been identified by ICE as harboring and promoting terrorism. In fact, the third largest recipient country for these visas is Iran. This is an insidious program. It needs to go away tonight.”
Finding Common Ground: “What we want to do in a merit-based system is eliminate chain migration. This is based on the same conclusion that the Democrats came to under Bill Clinton. President Bush created a commission to look at immigration. They suggested a merit-based system and Bill Clinton supported it. This should be a bipartisan approach to this problem.”
Proven To Work: “Most countries have already moved to protect their borders, their national security, and to provide for their economic growth and they do that within the immigration system. Canada and Australia did this decades ago. They went to a merit-based system where they bring the right kind of people in today relative to the economy and we don’t. We have a family based chain migration system that has got to end.”
Growing The Economy: “This is the biggest difference since 1990 and the Senator Ted Kennedy idea. If you look at our historical immigration, they came in, assimilated into the community, they learned English, they developed the skills, and they contributed to the economy. What we have going today is this politically correct idea that calls for an open border.”
Senator David Perdue: “We Need A Sense Of Urgency Like Never Before”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke on the Senate floor about President Trump’s tax framework and why we must change the tax code this year.
Delivering For American Workers: “I’ve lived around the world. I’ve run businesses. I started my career working on an hourly wage in construction. I understand that America, and I can say this with authority, has some of the best workers anywhere in the world and in the history of the world. On the back of that, we have innovation, capital formation, and the rule of law. That’s what has created this economic miracle over the last 70 years, but we’ve taken it for granted.”
Leveling The Playing Field: “Today we absolutely have the highest corporate tax rate in the world. We’re one of the last major OECD countries to actually still have a tax on repatriated earnings.”
Protecting American Jobs: “If our corporate rate today was just 20 percent, over 4,700 companies that have been purchased over the last 12 years would still be in the United States. I think that is tantamount to a marching order for us here in the Senate to make this change.”
Can’t Wait Any Longer: “Nearly every CEO surveyed by the Business Roundtable said that delays on tax would damage our economy.”
No Washington Excuses: “We can’t get bogged down in the scoring and financial modeling that is only done this way in Washington. People back home don’t run their small businesses this way. They don’t run big businesses this way, and they sure don’t run their personal finances this way.”
Only Score That Matters: “We can’t get wrapped up in the bad numbers and bad timing coming from the Congressional Budget Office. The only score that matters to me is GDP growth and the jobs it creates.”
Time To Act Now: “The reason we want this tax code changed is to put people back to work and change lives here in America. The long-term benefit of this gives us more flexibility and more capital with which to solve this debt crisis. Growing the economy alone will not fix this debt crisis and we will not fix the debt crisis unless and until we fix this tax code. We need to have a sense of urgency like never before in order get this done this year.”