“We’re talking about 180,000 jobs. We’re talking about $68 billion in GDP value.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) joined Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria” to discuss continued efforts to pass the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), China trade negotiations, and Congress’ continued failure to fund the federal government on time.
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USMCA Now: “We’re talking about 180,000 jobs. We’re talking about $68 billion in GDP value. USMCA is a huge deal for the American worker and the American people. It also addresses a lot of things that both parties wanted to solve, particularly with labor issues in Mexico. This is a good deal for Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Right now, I’m optimistic that before the holidays, we might just see USMCA on the floor of the House. We know it will pass. My hope is that rational thought will win out here, so we can get it done before the end of the year.”
Progress On China Trade: “The President is trying to achieve the right long-term goal, and that’s a level playing field on trade. We want equal access. We want China to make progress in complying with the World Trade Organization (WTO). If China proceeds in a step-by-step way to give us equal access and start better compliance of the WTO, I can see a gradual reduction of tariffs. But we are not at that stage yet. We still have to get major steps done for that to happen.”
Reengaging With The World: “Right now we’re moving into a pretty good place on China trade. Secretary Mnuchin is working behind the scenes with Vice Premier Liu He and others. We’re engaging with China. This is something the last administration really did not do. But it’s a complicated situation. It’s going to take many years to get the ultimate resolution with China that we all want.”
Congress Kicking The Can Down The Road Again: “There’s not enough time for me to rail about how Congress is using continuing resolutions (CR) and how ridiculous it is. This is the 188th CR we’re about to contemplate today since the 1974 Budget Act was put in place. In fact, Congress has only funded the federal government on time by the end of the fiscal year four times in the last 45 years. This is insanity up here. We now know that continuing resolutions cost the military billions dollars over ten years because Congress is in such a habit of doing this every year. We’ve got to stop this nonsense.”
Demand Due Process: “I’ve seen the evidence, and nothing rises to the level of impeachment. This is absolutely a sham perpetrated on the American people. The House of Representatives is denying the President of the United State the basic human rights that we give to anybody else in the country and that we fight for around the world.”
When Senator Perdue was elected, he was the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress. He is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.
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