Sen. David Perdue talks funding, trade

Sen. David Perdue talks funding, trade

U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box last week to discuss his dissatisfaction with the ongoing funding problems that are threatening to shut down the government, as well as the proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico and the upcoming Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

Perdue has long been critical of Washington gridlock, notably the sluggish budgeting process that at times seems held together with duct tape and glue.  He certainly isn’t a fan of the stopgap spending bill approved by the Senate Wednesday.

“This is the 186th continuing resolution since 1974 when the Budget Act was put in place. We can do better than this,” he told host Joe Kernin.  “This is another example of the total irresponsibility and dysfunction in Washington. This is the end of the first quarter. We’re still talking about the funding for the last fiscal year. This should have been done on September 30th. We have 75% of the federal government’s discretionary budget funded so far this year, and the politicians here think that’s good enough. Unfortunately, it isn’t nearly good enough.”

The senator, as he has in the past, told Kernin he would like to see more of a sense of urgency in the Senate.  “I believe that we’ve got to come back right after Christmas to finish funding the government. We’re talking about potentially coming back in the latter part of next week to get this done in the Senate.”

Perdue also stuck up for President Donald Trump’s border wall plan, calling it a  “national security issue” and slamming the Democrats for turning it into a political issue that would further delay next year’s appropriation process, likely winding up in another band-aid to keep the government up and running this time next year.  On Thursday Trump told House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) that he would not sign the spending bill without funding for the border wall being included.  Should that happen, it would be the third shutdown of his presidency, all coming under a GOP controlled White House, Senate, and House.

He finished his appearance with a bit of a gloomy outlook for the Democrat-controlled House set to take over in January.  Said Perdue, “If the U.S. House of Representatives, under Democratic leadership, decides that they’re going to investigate only, not legislate, that’s going to be a major problem for America, and I hope they don’t do that.”

See the full interview below: