Sen. Tim Scott: David Perdue is the Statesman Georgia Needs
“If there were more bipartisan problem solvers like David Perdue in the Senate, we’d be better off as a country.”
Today, U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina wrote a column for the Augusta Chronicle to endorse U.S. Senator David Perdue for re-election, underscoring their shared values and experience working together to achieve bipartisan results. Senator Scott specifically highlighted his work with Senator Perdue on opportunity zones, criminal justice reform, HBCU funding, COVID-19 relief, and commonsense police reform.
Read Senator Tim Scott’s piece in the Augusta Chronicle here and below.
With so much division in politics today, bipartisan problem-solvers have become a rare breed. Fortunately for the people of Georgia, they have one representing them in the U.S. Senate: David Perdue.
A successful businessman who came from humble beginnings, David understands the meaning of hard work. He entered public service because he sees success as something that’s earned and wants to help all Americans be better-positioned to earn it. This is a lesson I learned myself as a kid raised by a single mother surrounded by poverty.
Through hard work, I realized that anyone from anywhere at any time can succeed beyond their wildest imagination. That is the nation in which we live, that is the dream that I’ve built my entire life on, and it’s what brought me to the Senate.
David understands this dream. As the son of two public school teachers from middle Georgia, he knows that empowering people to achieve their dreams is the real path to prosperity for struggling families across this country.
Since he took office, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know David personally, and I have seen his passion for issues from criminal justice reform to economic Opportunity Zones. There is no doubt he is committed to helping families across his state as he’s secured win after win for them.
David knows that when economic opportunity is elusive to underserved communities, hope evaporates for them. He believes that giving people the means to move forward economically is the best way to help these communities, particularly in the South.
Opportunity Zones incentivize investment in communities that are thirsting for economic mobility. David was an important voice in passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which created Opportunity Zones, and we’re seeing them make a clear impact across South Carolina and Georgia with thousands of individuals gaining access to new paths out of poverty.
David also worked across the aisle to secure permanent funding for historically Black colleges and universities. These institutions are vital to the success of so many black Americans, and David has shown himself to be a great champion for them. David told me about his experience working side-by-side with Democratic congressman David Scott to get funding for HBCU agriculture scholarships in the 2018 Farm Bill. It’s refreshing to see two Georgians from different political parties unite over what’s right. It speaks to David Perdue’s character as a statesman.
This year, while our country has faced unprecedented challenges with COVID-19 and debates over public safety, David has gone above and beyond to deliver for Georgians.
He’s been a committed supporter of the Paycheck Protection Program and other economic relief efforts. To thousands of small businesses, the PPP has been like a friend showing up when they’re down, extending a hand to help them get back on their feet. In Georgia alone, the PPP has saved more than 1.5 million jobs that were at risk because of COVID-19.
David has also led in securing resources for frontline health workers and hospitals, ensuring billions of dollars in aid would be sent to Georgia to fight the virus.
And in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd that sparked nationwide unrest, I introduced the JUSTICE Act, a commonsense bill to reform policing practices without defunding them. David was one of the first people to join me in this effort, and while so many Senate Democrats decided to play politics David remained committed to finding solutions.
I’m proud to work with David Perdue on all these issues, but even more proud to call him a friend. I’m confident that if there were more bipartisan problem solvers like him in the Senate, we’d be better off as a country.
I urge the people of Georgia to re-elect Sen. Perdue for another term so he can keep serving your state with distinction.