Chamblee, GA, April 11, 2017 – by Trey Benton – According to Georgia Republican U.S. Senator David Perdue, when Republicans had the White House, Senate and the House from 2000 to 2006, they didn’t fix the healthcare problems the country had – Transportability, Affordability and Accessibility. “Obamacare at least tried to fix that,” Perdue told to some 260 attendees during a DeKalb and Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce combo-event Tuesday.
Perdue said the recent attempt to introduce an Obamacare replacement bill that effectively left Democrats out of the conversation, proves his point Democrats and Republicans must work together to solve the complex healthcare issue moving forward. He said polarization is one of the great threats to solving a problem. “I believe there’s no danger to finding a compromise solution,” said Perdue.
Later in his 20 minute address on the topic of the need for bipartisanship to fix the country’s economy, Perdue told the crowd the “economic crisis” the U.S. is in, is threatening peace in the world.
“We have the weakest recovery since the Great Depression underway right now in the United States,” Perdue said. “We have the lowest workforce participation since 1978.” Perdue said new business start-ups are at an all-time low – dramatically down from 2007 and 2008.
“Four million women have fallen in to poverty in the last decade,” said the Senator. “The poverty rate today, even after these sweeping, massive government programs…I’m embarrassed to say today the poverty rate is exactly the same as it was in the late 1960’s. What does that tell you? It tells you we have a problem.”
Perdue said the last two Presidents did not solve those problems either.
“Under a Republican President for eight years and under a Democratic President for eight years, the Federal Government [budget] grew from $2.4 trillion to $3.9 trillion dollars,” Perdue explained. “We’ve built up a $20 trillion debt.”
Purdue explained all of that debt piled up in just 16 years. He said the last time the country had a balanced budget was when Democratic President Bill Clinton was in office. Perdue said the Federal Government has got to come up with a budget that will reverse the current trajectory, cut expenses and increase revenue.
But while Perdue was inside briefing the crowd who paid to be there on what he’s been up to at the Capital, protesters were outside asking him to have a Town Hall and speak to his constituency directly.
“We want our U.S. Senator to schedule an in-person Town Hall and talk to us,” protester William Hill told The Post. “He’s our elected representative and he won’t even give us the time of day. We deserve the right to be heard too.”
Hill said Perdue not addressing his constituency in a Town Hall only further infuriates him and others.
Perdue said after the luncheon that he is comfortable with the information flow he is receiving from people that contact his office and that information does make its way to him. He said he and his staff often meet with constituents.
The protesters at the corner of Clairmont Rd. and Century Center Blvd. disagreed with Perdue that their voices are being heard. They chanted “Do your job!”
Hill said he expects the protests will continue until Perdue actually holds Town Hall meetings with them.
Perdue said under the Trump Presidency he is receiving more information about what’s going on since he has been in Washington. He says Trump is “not a choir boy, and he doesn’t claim to be. What he wants is results.” He says Trump may be able to push Congress to get things done.
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