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Georgia’s junior senator joined with Rick Scott of Florida to send a letter to Democrats about disaster relief.

Senator David Perdue’s letter sent Monday urged them to immediately pass disaster relief funding, which has been stalled by political obstruction. It’s been 212 days since Hurricane Michael devastated Florida’s Panhandle and Southwest Georgia.

See the full letter HERE and below.


Dear Colleagues,

As you know, this body has a long history of supporting states hit by natural disasters with supplemental funding bills moved quickly and with bipartisan support. Within 10 days of Hurricane Katrina, Congress passed supplemental disaster relief funding. After Hurricanes Ike and Gustav, it took 17 days. For Hurricane Andrew, the last Category 5 storm to strike the United States, it took 34 days.

Even after Hurricane Sandy, which sparked substantial debate, Congress passed a supplemental funding bill 74 days later. At the time, Senator Schumer complained about the delay and said “we can’t wait any longer.”

It’s been 208 days since Hurricane Michael devastated Florida’s Panhandle and Southwest Georgia and a disaster funding bill is still in limbo. Fortunately, there’s been some movement in the last few days and we hope that both sides are ready to come to an agreement.

We can’t wait any longer. Our states need to continue repairs on military installations, help communities with debris removal, and support our agricultural communities that were devastated by this storm.

Let’s be clear, the people of Florida and Georgia are not alone in this fight. Our bipartisan disaster funding includes support for families impacted by:

  • An earthquake in Alaska,
  • Volcanic activity in Hawaii,
  • Devastating wildfires in California,
  • Hurricanes that hit North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and the central Northern Mariana Islands,
  • The 2017 hurricanes in Puerto Rico,
  • Tornadoes in Alabama and Georgia, and
  • Recent flooding in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and South Dakota.

The bill includes funding for states represented by Senators Murkowski, Sullivan, Schatz, Hirono, Feinstein, Harris, Burr, Tillis, Graham, Tim Scott, Rubio, Isakson, Shelby, Jones, Grassley, Ernst, Roberts, Moran, Fischer, Sasse, Blunt, Hawley, Thune and Rounds.

In California and Hawaii, this will specifically help communities rebuild from devastating wildfires and volcanic eruptions. Without this critical assistance, your states will struggle to recover. This situation is not partisan and if no action is taken these communities will continue to suffer.

Today, we are urging all of our Senate colleagues, and particularly those in the states impacted by these recent natural disasters, to work together and get a deal done and push both party’s leaders to bring a bill to the floor. There should be a vote this week. We see no reason to delay it any longer.

However, we need your help to get this done. We should take action now to help those who need immediate assistance. Together, we should demonstrate to the American people that in times of natural disasters, Washington can still work.

Sincerely,

Rick Scott

United States Senator

 

David Perdue

United States Senator

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Outlines reasons he’s no fan of GOP Sen. David Perdue
    STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Any day we can expect our lightweight United States Senator David Perdue, to emerge from his mansion in his closed community wearing his denim jacket to denounce the rising debt level. This is after his vote on the budget busting tax cut.
    Along with this consider his continued support of leaving the Guantanamo prison open at a cost of $10,000,000 per detainee (says Human Rights First) and the expensive tax cuts that benefits the top one percent and corporations. In addition, he voted to increase defense spending without the often promised investigations to end the waste and corruption in military operations and procurement that continues unabated.
    Perdue has a 76 percent approval ranking from Georgia Republicans, yet has voted against the average Georgians interests. What does that tell the average voter?
    His sycophantic support of President Trump has certainly not benefited Georgia’s hard hit hurricane victims. His political skills in dealing with Democrats are almost non-existent.

    Perdue
    Perdue continues to be, as Trump puts it, “to be a person from central casting who looks like a Senator.”
    The one thing I do know is his eagerness to cut entitlements as a way of reducing the national debt and government expenditures. This means cuts in Social Security and Medicare. Furthermore, the disappointment on his face and his gestures when John McCain voted to keep the Affordable Health Care Act will forever remain in my mind. He was the presiding officer at the time and I got a good look at him on C-SPAN.
    Partisanship is an issue currently in Washington, and Perdue wrongly puts the blame on the Democrats. Here is a senator who failed to vote for Obama’s moderate nominee for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. His friend, the Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, promised to obstruct Obama at every turn.
    What is the definition of a hypocrite? Perdue’s and Trump’s political ineptness are causing the following:
    • Georgia farmers are going bankrupt;
    • California wildfire victims are struggling to rebuild; and
    • Puerto Rican families are losing access to food benefits.
    Further, he stated: “This economy is growing rapidly. We’ve created five-million new jobs.” Moreover, he exclaims that unemployment is the lowest that it’s been in over 50 years. “So, we got the economy moving,” taking credit for what Obama and the Democrats started.
    “We made a dent in the long-term debt by growing the economy. A significant dent,” said Perdue. Remember that statement when cuts are proposed by Republicans to human services to balance the budget. But wait until his main constituents in rural Georgia become aware that they are not benefitting from this so called success.
    “I’ve got a lot of Democratic friends, a lot of Republican friends in this state. I can tell you, the road to Socialism is not going to run through the state of Georgia,” said Perdue. This trope is used to demonize people who want a fair deal on wages, health care, education and other programs and services that are available in other advanced industrial nations.
    One person running against him is Teresa Tomlinson, former mayor of Columbus She would be an excellent senator and it really is time for real change in Georgia.

  2. Senator good relationships and political capital are built over time and you failed to do this.
    Any day we can expect our lightweight United States Senator David Perdue, to emerge from his mansion in his closed community wearing his denim jacket to denounce the rising debt level. This is after his vote on the budget busting tax cut.
    Along with this consider his continued support of leaving the Guantanamo prison open at a cost of $10,000,000 per detainee (says Human Rights First) and the expensive tax cuts that benefits the top one percent and corporations. In addition, he voted to increase defense spending without the often promised investigations to end the waste and corruption in military operations and procurement that continues unabated.
    Perdue has a 76 percent approval ranking from Georgia Republicans, yet has voted against the average Georgians interests. What does that tell the average voter?
    His sycophantic support of President Trump has certainly not benefited Georgia’s hard hit hurricane victims. His political skills in dealing with Democrats are almost non-existent.
    Perdue continues to be, as Trump puts it, “to be a person from central casting who looks like a Senator.”
    The one thing I do know is his eagerness to cut entitlements as a way of reducing the national debt and government expenditures. This means cuts in Social Security and Medicare. Furthermore, the disappointment on his face and his gestures when John McCain voted to keep the Affordable Health Care Act will forever remain in my mind. He was the presiding officer at the time and I got a good look at him on C-SPAN.
    Partisanship is an issue currently in Washington, and Perdue wrongly puts the blame on the Democrats. Here is a senator who failed to vote for Obama’s moderate nominee for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. His friend, the Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, promised to obstruct Obama at every turn.
    What is the definition of a hypocrite? Perdue’s and Trump’s political ineptness are causing the following:
    • Georgia farmers are going bankrupt;
    • California wildfire victims are struggling to rebuild; and
    • Puerto Rican families are losing access to food benefits.
    Further, he stated: “This economy is growing rapidly. We’ve created five-million new jobs.” Moreover, he exclaims that unemployment is the lowest that it’s been in over 50 years. “So, we got the economy moving,” taking credit for what Obama and the Democrats started.
    “We made a dent in the long-term debt by growing the economy. A significant dent,” said Perdue. Remember that statement when cuts are proposed by Republicans to human services to balance the budget. But wait until his main constituents in rural Georgia become aware that they are not benefitting from this so called success.

  3. Senator good relationships and political capital are built over time …
    Any day we can expect our lightweight United States Senator David Perdue, to emerge from his mansion in his closed community wearing his denim jacket to denounce the rising debt level. This is after his vote on the budget busting tax cut.
    Along with this consider his continued support of leaving the Guantanamo prison open at a cost of $10,000,000 per detainee (says Human Rights First) and the expensive tax cuts that benefits the top one percent and corporations. In addition, he voted to increase defense spending without the often promised investigations to end the waste and corruption in military operations and procurement that continues unabated.
    Perdue has a 76 percent approval ranking from Georgia Republicans, yet has voted against the average Georgians interests. What does that tell the average voter?
    His sycophantic support of President Trump has certainly not benefited Georgia’s hard hit hurricane victims. His political skills in dealing with Democrats are almost non-existent.
    Perdue continues to be, as Trump puts it, “to be a person from central casting who looks like a Senator.”
    The one thing I do know is his eagerness to cut entitlements as a way of reducing the national debt and government expenditures. This means cuts in Social Security and Medicare. Furthermore, the disappointment on his face and his gestures when John McCain voted to keep the Affordable Health Care Act will forever remain in my mind. He was the presiding officer at the time and I got a good look at him on C-SPAN.
    Partisanship is an issue currently in Washington, and Perdue wrongly puts the blame on the Democrats. Here is a senator who failed to vote for Obama’s moderate nominee for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. His friend, the Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, promised to obstruct Obama at every turn.
    What is the definition of a hypocrite? Perdue’s and Trump’s political ineptness are causing the following:
    • Georgia farmers are going bankrupt;
    • California wildfire victims are struggling to rebuild; and
    • Puerto Rican families are losing access to food benefits.
    Further, he stated: “This economy is growing rapidly. We’ve created five-million new jobs.” Moreover, he exclaims that unemployment is the lowest that it’s been in over 50 years. “So, we got the economy moving,” taking credit for what Obama and the Democrats started.
    “We made a dent in the long-term debt by growing the economy. A significant dent,” said Perdue. Remember that statement when cuts are proposed by Republicans to human services to balance the budget. But wait until his main constituents in rural Georgia become aware that they are not benefitting from this so called success.

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